Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Champagne Taste, Corona Budget...

Well, it's Wednesday my loves. 

We are halfway through the work week and even closer to the weekend. I think that's grounds for celebration!

I hope your day has gotten off to a great start.

I actually wish that I could sleep in however, my body is so accustomed to waking up at a certain hour that I couldn't sleep in if I tried. Ugggghh....the irony!

Anyhow, it's due time for an outfit post.

A couple of days ago one of my readers emailed me about styling a denim jacket with a belt. First of all, I felt totally flattered that someone thought enough of my little 'ole style to ask me to create a post for them-that's loyalty and I appreciate it with everything in me.

So here's what I came up with.

I decided to try my hand at some pattern mixing as well because a great blogger friend of mine, Marion, is hosting a Trend of the Month challenge over at her spot. This month she's highlighting 
pattern mixing. Visit her here for some awesome inspiration. 

I've always been a little leary about mixing patterns out of pure fear of looking like a complete jacka*s! But I actually fell in love with how it turned out. 

I think the trick to this trade is to keep the colors somewhat complimentary. Upon first glance, I wanted to pair this floral skirt with black and white stripes only to find out that I had absolutely no black and white stripes in my closet. So I went for the next best thing-navy blue. It's dark enough and it compliments the orange just right. 

My absolute favorite thing about this 'fit is that it cost me little to nothing. If you haven't learned one thing about me yet-you will learn today that I shop smart, not expensive. Yes, I do have champagne taste on a Corona budget. I love good quality clothing as well as a huge quantity of clothing and I'm able to satisfy my champagne taste through my 'tunnel vision' type of mind set. That mind set includes staying away, far away from regular price, strictly shopping clearance and sale racks, and using coupons. 

Take this 'fit. 
**The $4.99 thrifted denim was originally a long sleeved jacket which I DIY'd into a vest. 
**The stripes-on clearance for 2 bucks at Target. 
**The belt-$1.97 from Old Navy
**Floral skirt-$9.99 from New York & Company (probably less after my coupon)
**Shoes-on clearance for $8.98 at Target
**Shades-$2 from Wet Seal

Approximately 30 bucks-head to toe!

Here's to pattern mixing, denim with belts, and creating the look for less!

What do you all think?

How do you go about creating your looks for less?

I can't wait to hear your answers.
Thanks for reading!
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  1. I realllly like how you did your pattern mixing! The vest was brilliant!!!

  2. This is a really cute outfit, love the stripes, pattern and the denim vest!

  3. I think it looks great! I'm a little scared of pattern mixing myself, but I think I'll try to conquer it after I've tackled colored denim. You did a good job, and I think your tip about complimentary colors is smart.

  4. *love* a girl who can mix n' match it on a dime! new follower by way of WIWW...enjoy your day :)


  5. That skirt is fantastic! I love how you styled it. Especially with the striped shirt!

  6. Very chic! Love the belted vest. Cant believe those shoes were 8.98!!

  7. I love how you belted the vest! I'm going to have to copy you!

  8. for real for real, this is hot!! i just love the mix in print - and I love the belt over the vest. so cute

  9. Very cute outfit! You are definetely thrifty and I love it! I just bought the same shoes but in black for $10.59 online. The tan ones are still $29.99 online. I'll keep checking back.

  10. you are too fabulous for words. this is HOT. and i love that vest!!!

  11. Cute look! I love the mixed patterns. This skirt is too cute!

  12. loving the combo here - love it!

    xo Jessica

  13. I love your style especially love your budget. I stick to my guns to not pay for anything full price. I also did the challenge but did polka dots.

  14. this is so cute! love how many great deals you found :)

    C’s Evolution of Style

  15. You really worked this outfit. I love the classic striped polo under the vest with this skirt. Such a great steal for the whole fit!! Love this

  16. You did a fantastic job!! I've dabbled a little in print mixing, and I plan to do it more often.

  17. Great job with the pattern mixing! I really love that skirt!

  18. Awesome, girl! Love it. And I am the same way. I never even bother to look at anything if it isn't on clearance. (And I am sorry 30% off isn't clearance. ;))
    I would love for you to come by and enter my giveaway!

  19. I absolutely love that skirt! The pattern and color are so pretty. And I love the pattern mixing. :)

    -Mary @


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