GMA Dove Awards bring fashion right to Lipscomb University’s campus

Welcome back to my blog! I thoroughly enjoyed my fall break that consisted of a long weekend at home and a little bit of shopping! But, I am back to the grind of schoolwork and extracurricular activities! One of the extracurricular activities I was able to participate in last week was helping a fellow student with part of her public relations practicum. I was able to do some PR (public relations) work for the 44th Annual Dove Awards, which were hosted at my very own school, Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. It is awesome as a Lipscomb student to be able to say we hosted an awards show this well known.

Being around a lot of the artists allowed me to see some pretty amazing outfits and dresses! It was red-carpet fashion right at my backdoor. So, I am going to share with you guys my top four most favorite outfits! This was an awesome experience that so many college students got to participate in!

TIP No. 7: JUMP AT OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP WITH EVENTS; YOU MIGHT JUST GET TO MEET SOME AWESOME PEOPLE AND SEE SOME PRETTY STELLAR OUTFITS

I will start with No. 4 and count down to No. 1.

 TobyMac+Backstage+44th+Annual+GMA+Dove+Awards+5aPAL85qUyZl Amy+Grant+44th+Annual+GMA+Dove+Awards+31-HUzpRFCXlNo. 4: Toby Mac. He definitely has his own style, and I love how he stays true to that from the red carpet to the stage. He won artist of the year and looked the part as he received his award.

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No. 3: Tamela Mann. Tamela+Mann+Backstage+44th+Annual+GMA+Dove+7JJK42bqhqIlThis dramatic dress matched the dramatic performance she put on during the awards ceremony. Almost everyone was on their feet getting into the song as much as she was. The dress might have been well fitted, but it did not stop her from belting out her voice during her performance. (Here is a link to the performance!)

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No. 2: LeCrae. LeCrae+Arrivals+GMA+Dove+Awards+iuSyKHzo9c_lLecCrae is well known for his many Christian rap and hip-hop songs. I was able to escort him during the pre-show time while he was wearing this festive jacket. He is not afraid to make a fashion statement (this jacket for example). He was a really nice guy and very down to earth.

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No. 1: Jamie-Grace. Jamie+Grace+Arrivals+GMA+Dove+Awards+eX8KY_X-uOglI will admit that her while her outfit was not your typical glamorous red-carpet attire, she looked awesome in her structured maxi skirt. The tribal print of the skirt combined with the triangular necklace made for an awesome pairing. I really want to find a skirt like that now!!

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Well, what do you guys think? Comment below and let me know which of the four you like the best! Thanks for reading and I will see you next week!

XOXO, Alex

How to use other fashion resources for a “new” outfit

Welcome to my blog this week! I am so excited that here in Nashville, Tenn., it is finally starting to feel like fall weather, which means I have already seen several pairs of cute boots that I want and tons of sweaters I must have! This week’s blog post is going to be a little bit different from the past four I have posted. Instead of giving shopping tips, I will be emphasizing the importance of using your resources when it comes to fashion and how to put together an outfit that you might already have hiding in your closet.

TIP No. 5: DO NOT THINK THAT A “NEW” OUTFIT HAS TO BE BOUGHT FROM SCRATCH

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the sense that comes from buying something new and walking out of that store holding that bad tight with your head high! But, sometimes our college budgets restrict us from always going out and buying a new outfit. We have to be creative sometimes and make a “new” outfit from the depths of our tiny dorm closets.

I have two main sources I use for inspiration when I need a new outfit but my wallet is screaming, “Nope, not this week.”

No. 1: Fashion magazines

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I recently subscribed to “InStyle” magazine, which might seem costly but it was not at all. It is running a special where you can get 26 issues for $1 an issue (subscribe here!) My bill was right around $29 total!

In the October issue there is an article about taking 16 key pieces from your wardrobe and making a months worth of outfits out of those pieces. I do not have all 16 of the pieces, but substiution works well (example: substituting a pair of high heels for some flats instead).  This is great- and cheap- way to put together “new” outfits while paying attention to the latest fashion trends.

A few other magazines I love are People StyleWatch and J. Crew Style Guide. People StyleWatch is running a special where you can get two free preview issues.  J. Crew’s Style Guide is always free, and you can pick that up in-store or have them send it to your mailbox.

No. 2- Other fashion blogs

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Yes, I just told you to go to other blogs for inspiration because guess what? I do! If you have not noticed, I have a blog roll on the right side of my blog of other blogs that I frequent and learn from. My two most favorite are makeupbytiffanyd.blogspot.com and jseverydayfashion.com!

MakeupByTiffanyD includes not only fashion, but also makeup tips, home decode tips, nail tips, and more! She does YouTube videos, and I follow her Instagram. J’s Everyday Fashion is focused just on fashion. She post pictures she finds from Pinterest, J. Crew, Talbots and many other cites, and then she post a picture of herself wearing something she put together from her closet! She also lists where she got everything from and the price. For pricier items she lists similar options and links to where one could find that item.

Do you guys have any other blogs you follow that you would like to share?

See you guys next week!

XOXO, Alex

T.J. Maxx’s middleman becomes shopper’s best friend

Happy first week of fall to my fashion-forward followers! I am so excited for this blog post! I am about to get your fashion senses tingling while maintaining that college budge of yours! Soooo… lets get started!!

As I was thinking of what I wanted to share with you guys this week I overheard some people talking about T.J. Maxx and it hit me! T.J. Maxx is a gem for the college student. I decided to swing by there on Tuesday (September 24) in hopes of finding at least one good steal to share with you guys. I was overly surprised when I found not one, but five great steals! All these steals I found are under 40 dollars and can all be utilized for the new season that is upon us.

TIP No. 3: BE PREPARED TO DIG THROUGH SOME “TRASH” TO FIND SOME GEMS 

I am going to start with No. 5 and work my way to No. 1!

5). Jessica Simpson leather wallet. 2013-09-24 15.27.13

After sifting through some odd colored clutches and a few over-priced wallets, I came across this dark tan wallet. Jessica Simpson’s line has been an up coming name for a few years now, and look at that price! At T.J. Maxx it is $12.99 as compared to $24.99 somewhere else. That is 50% savings, plus this wallet is a great fall color!

4). Nautica suede shoes. 2013-09-24 15.33.18Not only are these bad boys emerald –which according to Pantone is a color to watch this fall– but also they were on clearance which means ever more savings! These tasseled and roped flats are $20, as compared to $40 elsewhere. Again, that is 50% savings!

3). Cobalt blue Ralph Lauren dress. 2013-09-25 20.40.20This item was the priciest of the five “steals” I found, but it also rendered the most savings. I think this is a true gem because this dress can we worn casually or spiced up for a nice event. The color is a great in-between color so that you can wear it now, or wait and bust it out for spring/summer. This dress was originally $134 and was marked down to $39.99!! That is a savings of about 70%. If you need a new dress, head on over to T.J. Maxx. That is all I have to say about that!

2). Calvin Klein thick leggings/riding pants. 2013-09-25 20.43.28I am going to be honest, this was the hardest thing for me to turn down. I wanted so badly to get these pants, but I said no (for now!) These riding pants are $34.99. On the tag they are compared to $70, but on the actual Calvin Klein tag they are $79.50, making the real savings over 50%! (Read this article by Elle Canada about the in and outs of wearing leggings)

1). Columbia full-zip fleece. 2013-09-25 20.41.45HOLY COW, PEOPLE. Columbia is a huge name brand when it comes to fall/winter outwear and here they are at T.J. Maxx offering a jacket for $24.99, regularly $60!! The selection was quite large and contained six different colors, some vibrant and some neutral. This would be a great gift for someone (or for yourself) and a great price. If you are looking for a coat, do not turn this opportunity down!!

If these steals of deals didn’t get your fashion heart racing, then you are on the wrong blog! Happy gem searching!

Have you had success at places like T.J. Maxx? Please share your experiences!

XOXO, Alex

Factory stores save college students money

Hey my fashion people!! This week has been something else… I am pledging a social club at my school and I’ve been busy to say the least but oh the memories I have made! All of my fellow fashionistas would be pretty disappointed in me this week. My fashion sense has gone out the window. Late nights and early mornings cause one to loose sight of what really matters- what you wear.

Have no fear though! I am still here to give tip No. 2 of some ways to save some money on a college budget!

TIP No 2: DO NOT THINK A “FACTORY” STORE IS NOT WORTHY OF YOUR HIGH FASHION STANDARDS

Without a doubt, factory store shopping is one of my most favorite ways to save money. Some people think factory stores or outlet stores are SO last season but I say if it is cute, it is cute. There is no need to worry about when it came out or if it came out in the “real store” if you can make it work with your style! Here is an example!

Here is why one should consider an outlet/factory store.  A plain v-neck sweater from J. Crew Factory Store cost $34.50 (plus an extra 30% off through September 24th) whereas an almost identical plain v-neck sweater from J. Crew is $79.50 (with an extra 25% off through September 26th). Both sweaters can be rocked this fall so why spend the extra money just to be able to say, “It is from the real store.” Guess what, both are going to hold the same tag!!

*Disclaimer: sometimes factory stores do not honor student discounts. J. Crew Factory does honor it on certain occasions. If the entire store is a certain amount off, lets say 40% off, you cannot combine your discount. Here are the terms of conditions as listed on the J. Crew website.

I know this is a short post and I apologize for that! Hope you guys can still gain something from this!!

What are you all’s favorite factory store stories? Any good bargains you’ve seen lately? Help a fashion sister out!

Happy shopping until next week!

XOXO, Alex