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

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College students find power in student ID discount

Welcome everyone!! Can I just take a quick second before I jump into this blog post to say how excited I am that it is almost fall!! Pumpkins, changing colors, cozy scarves and … NEW CLOTHES. Every changing season brings new trends and styles that I love trying to keep up with. Unfortunately, my bank account cannot always keep up with the ever-changing trends. This leads me to my first post (eekk!) and my first tip for you guys.

You know how some people say they want to stay in college forever whether it’s because of the parties, lack of responsibility or their awesome friends they do not want to leave? Well, I want to stay in college forever because of my student discount.

TIP No 1: DO NOT BE ASHAMED TO ASK ABOUT A STUDENT DISCOUNT

There have been a handful of times when I asked for a discount even if I didn’t think a place would have one, and what do you know? Student discount! Gift Card Granny list several student discounts by categories including clothing discounts, food discounts and entertainment promotions.

Another student targeted website (studentrate) allows students to shop via their website to receive cash-back rebates. How does this work, one might ask? You go to studentrate.com and select one of the featured places to shop under the “fashion” tab. Simply click on the store name and a new tab will open. As long as you shop through that tab, you will receive a cash-back rebate. After a certain amount of money accumulates, you can ask to be sent a check in the mail. Easy as that!

My favorite student discount is 15% off your purchase at J. Crew. While this might not seem like a lot, it typically has an excellent marked-down section that can be doubled with your student discount! It is double the savings!!

I hope you all have now learned a secret power of being a student. Get ready to whip out those IDs and flash them for the cashier so that you can start saving money!

How do you all save money when it comes to clothes or even food (who doesn’t like to eat for less)? Send me some feedback on yall’s tips and tricks!!

Happy shopping until next week!

XOXO, Alex