My Latest Finds

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Some of my favorite pieces I have are cheap thrills I’ve stumbled upon at Plato’s Closet. You can really find crazy bargains that have been reduced over 50% from their original retail price. My latest trip there brought me to these two treasures; a Candie’s blazer and Asos top.

The blazer is faux satin with the perfect floral print for spring. Printed blazers are going to be a huge trend this season and I definitely snatched this up the second I saw it, and for 8$ how could I say no?! The Asos top is tweed in the front and black fleece in the back. It has faux leather and chiffon cuffs and collar, with a gold zipper going down center back. It was too unique to put back, and only 12$! Tweed is always in style and this top is going to be a great transitional piece from winter to spring here in temperamental Buffalo.

I definitely recommend you try Plato’s Closet BEFORE you hit the mall with your tax return or latest paycheck. You definitely will not be leaving empty handed!

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Retail: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

I am always looking to save money, especially with my horrible shopping obsessions. So, I am a regular Plato’s Closet recycler. It’s such a smart way to make money AND save money. If you haven’t ever been to Plato’s Closet, they are a retail store that recycles fashion for both guys and girls! Meaning, they buy your old clothes and accessories off of you for instant cash! They then sell these clothes for low prices that are affordable for any budget. So, here’s how you get started:

Step 1: Go through your closet and pick out anything you haven’t worn in the past 6 months to 1 year. Make sure everything is in decent quality and has no stains.

Step 2: Go through your accessories and pick out anything you haven’t used in the past 6 months to 1 year. This means all jewelry (earrings must be on its original hang tag) belts, scarves, purses, and shoes.

Step 3: Fold everything neatly in a large tote bag or shopping bag.

Step 4: Take to your nearest Plato’s Closet and get cash for your clothes and accessories on the spot!

I’ve found that they’re a little picky when it comes to shoes and dresses. However, I typically get around $20-$30 whenever I go there. I also frequently go there for quick events, like holidays, to pick up a quick dress for under $10 instead of spending $30 at the mall for something I’ll only wear once! And usually, they’ll buy it back after you’ve gotten your use out of it!

Plato’s Closet is also a great place to go shopping for quick trends you know won’t be in style for long or for anything in general! They carry tons of Forever 21, Hollister, American Eagle, Abercrombie, Juicy Couture, Charlotte Russe, and brands from Urban Outfitters. Dresses and skirts typically run $6-$10 dollars and shirts and tank tops $6-$12 depending on brand and style. Shoes are around $10-$20, same with jeans, leggings, and sweaters/blazers/sweatshirts. It’s a place that anyone can bargain shop and I promise you’ll find some great steals! If you haven’t been there yet, I definitely recommend you try it out!

Must-Try Manis

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Nail art is so much fun, and there is a lot of designs you can easily do yourself at home. Skip the salon and check out my latest manicures!

Try using metallic Sharpies to make dainty patterns or prints. Just draw directly onto a painted, dry nail and cover with a clear coat! Caviar beads are also a quick fix to fill that nail trend crave. Just mix multiple colors into a bowl and sprinkle on top of a clear coat or nail glue coat. You can buy your own at Joann Fabrics, PacSun, The Dollar Tree, or Claire’s. Confetti nails are one of my personal favorites because there are so many ways to sparkle your nails! Do just the tips, half moons, or the whole nail! Or stay classic with the French manicure. Change them up with metallic finishes or angled tips! It’s a great illusion to make short nails look longer too!

Peplums Please

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If you’re looking to add some fun to your drab winter wardrobe, look no further than peplum tops, dresses, and skirts. I thought the trend would have fizzled out by the end of summer, but lately I’ve seen them in every store at the mall and I love the fun variations they’ve come in for the winter season!

Charlotte Russe has tons of peplum tops, skirts, and dresses and many are currently on sale! I suggest shopping for long sleeved peplum tops, or unique ones with fun accents like leather collars, lace panels, or metallic threads! Same goes for skirts and dresses, look
for something appropriate for winter yet still has a fun and trendy aspect to it.

Peplums are very flattering for all
figures so you have to pay close attention to fit. Make sure that the peplum hits you at the correct placement of your natural waist. This zones in on the smallest part of your torso. Also, there should be enough flare and fullness to the peplum so that it balances out the fitted top. Bust darts are imperative to a well fitted peplum. And again, same goes for skirts and dresses. If the peplum is not landing in your waist, it will enhance your shape instead of flatter it.

Once you find the perfect peplum, dress it up! Peplum tops look the best with fitted bottoms, ie: pencil skirts or skinny jeans. If you’re worried about flattering your body, stick with darker shades. For skirts, make sure the top you choose is fitted enough and does not overpower the flare of the peplum. You can have fun by choosing a different color than the skirt too! Now, accessorize! I paired mine with pink accessories to play up the black and white look I was going for. Just make sure it’s all balanced: Pink loafers with a pink SKINNY belt topped off with pink lipstick is perfect way to play up
your peplum, AND in all the right places to ensure your accentuating your body correctly!

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Last Minute Gifting

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If you’re finding yourself low on time this holiday season or even just low on cash, there are still some great gift ideas available! Gift cards are always a last resort, but before you surrender to the ubiquitous plastic present, check out these ideas!

Nail Kit: Nail art has been huge this past year so make your own little kit like I did above! Pick out one or two nail-polishes and then find little add ons; stickers, rhinestones, a can of nailpolish quick-dry spray (3$ at Ulta), a cute nail file, or even magnetic nail polish. I used mini caviar bead bottles and glitter. Lauren Conrad just featured an INGENIUS nail necessity on her blog: metallic Sharpies. They are perfect for details and French tips, and they’re way cheaper than nail art pens. Wal-mart has a 3 pack of silver, gold and bronze for $3.87!

OR: go big and get an at home gel manicure startup kit!

Healthy Living: Great for any workout fein! Fill a small gym bag up with fun items; a neon sports bra, a jump rope, a fitness magazine, a water bottle, Gatorade packets, a protein bar, etc. My cousin just introduced me to THIS amazing water bottle. It has a filter at its base to infuse chunks of fruit or mint leaves into your water! Yum!

OR: go big and get a pair of running shoes or at-home weight set!

Makeup Maniac: Girls love receiving makeup, it’s just one less thing we have to buy every month or two! Pick one large gift idea like a MAC lipstick and fill a small makeup bag (1$ at the Dollar Tree) with little things like false lashes, eyeliner pencils or even sparkley bobby pins, hair ties and hair donut to make it a mini girls survival kit.

OR: go big and get a full beauty kit from Sephora or Macy’s!