Leopard Print Dress 3 Ways

If you’ve been following along with me for a while, you know that one of my favorite things to do is take one piece and style it multiple ways. To me, you get more use out of your clothes that way and when you can make a dress look like a skirt, you don’t have to buy a skirt. It’s just a good way to save money and make your wardrobe go further, rather than just wearing the piece just the way it was meant for. I found this leopard print dress for SIX DOLLARS at JC Penney in the clearance section. They were having a sale, then there was an extra percentage off of clearance so I scored big time! Right now, it’s on clearance for less than $16 and and is fully stocked in all sizes XS-XXL. It’s perfect now for summer and will carry you into Fall with a cardigan, then into winter with tights and boots. Now, that’s what I’m talking about!

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The first look is just a simple dressier version of the dress with some block heels and gold earrings. This would be good be the perfect date night look!

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This is probably my favorite look because, I’m pretty much obsessed with dresses and sneakers! I love that the white tee underneath gives it an even more casual vibe. This would be a perfect look for the movies or shopping or any weekend activity! These scrunch back sneakers are the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on my feet. They are only $9 and come in about 7 colors.

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Lastly, I took a fun pink and red sweater and knotted it to make the dress look like a skirt! Any color sweater or graphic tee would do because leopard print is a neutral right?! I topped it off with some white mules that have been out of stock forever, but any neutral shoe or boot would be cute! Remember, I’m just giving you tips, you do yo thang honey!

Now on to find my next versatile piece! I hope you enjoyed this! Anything you would like to see, just send a message my way!

XOXO, Lauren

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AMAZON FAVES!!

Hey there friends! I’m sure you know that Prime Days are upon us (July 15-16), so I wanted to pick out my favorite things from Amazon! I’m showing you my favorite items from Amazon that I own, plus some items on my wish list! I didn’t go all out because I don’t want this to be overwhelming or boring. I do want to point out that with Prime Days you will not know what will be on deal until that day. Also, you must be a Prime member to get the deals so if you aren’t you can sign up for a 30 day trial now to get the benefits from Prime Days! Also, I make a very small (I mean tiny) commission each time you shop through my links so thank you, thank you!!

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First is the most flattering one piece swimsuit from Blooming Jelly. Probably my fave from this season and I always get so many compliments when I wear it.

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By far the best seller on my blog is this jumpsuit. There’s a reason this is so popular. Very versatile and comfy and less than $24! I love it because a lot of jumpsuits don’t work for me because I’m only 5’0 and this was is great for petite and tall gals!

Also pictured is my backpack purse. It’s been so perfect for me when traveling and shopping. Comes in 10 colors and is less than $20!

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Here’s another great swimsuit from Blooming Jelly! High waisted and full booty coverage, also comes in black! My sunnies are also an Amazon find and I love the vintage retro vibes and they go with everything.

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This dress has such a fun print and pockets! Comes in about 14 other prints and less than $19. My Gucci dupe belt is also an Amazon find and less than $20!

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I really cannot tell you how much I love these rattan earrings. I literally wear them with everything! And next to the jumpsuit, these have been a top seller on The Thrifty Blonde Blog! And with this link, there are several to choose from and also a 4 pack for $13.

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This ruffle dress is also very popular and comfy! Less than $22 and perfect for summer. This color would also carry you into Fall with a cute cardi and some booties!

WISH LIST!!!

Louis Vuitton Dupe Wallet

Short Sleeved Belted Romper

Just Peachy Graphic Tee

Tea Shirt Graphic Tee

Hardside Luggage

Boy’s 2 Pack Fleece Jogger Pants

Boy’s Pokemon 3-piece pajama set

Boy’s 4-pack t-shirt set

V-Neck Lace Cami

Leopard Print Basic Tee

French Press Coffee Maker

Full Length Floor Mirror

Snakeskin Booties

Colorblock Cardigan

Buckle Strap Snakeskin Booties

Oversized Cableknit Sweater

 

 

HELLO SUMMER…AND SHOES!!

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Summer is finally here, y’all which means it’s time to break out those cute sandals you’ve been dying to wear all year round! If you know me, you know I looooove me some shoes! I normally like to catch a BOGO at Target and Walmart has really cute, durable sandals for less than $10 and if you wear a womens size 6, you can shop in the little girls department and save lots! These are my summer favorites that can be worn with just about anything and the mules can even carry you into early Fall. AND…they won’t break the bank! All of these are under $30!!

A New Day Blush Espadrilles

Shein Black Espadrilles

Time and Tru Sandals

A New Day Blush Pointed Mules

A New Day White Mules (These exact ones are sold out, so I linked a similar pair)

Sand & Shore White Rubber Sandals

Universal Thread Woven Two Strap Sandals

Universal Thread Leopard and Black Two Strap Sandals

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Let’s talk sneakers! I can’t pass up a cute pair of sneakers, especially to wear with a dress, AHHH my fave! Adidas are quickly becoming my new favorite athletic shoe because they have so many styles to choose from, like street style, to running and working out. I wear the white pair (top) with dresses, and the pink athletic pair to work with my scrubs and with leggings or shorts on the weekends. The blush Converse dupes at the bottom, I scored for $10 at Payless, man I miss that place! Blush is a fun neutral color to have if you don’t want to go with the classic black. I also wear these with dresses and skirts.

PRO TIP: I always buy my Adidas or any other athletic shoe on Amazon or Ebay because they are wayyy cheaper (no tax on Ebay), and they’ll be there in 2 days anyway with Prime.

Adidas Grand Court Sneaker

Adidas Cloudfoam Running Shoe

Converse Slip On Sneakers

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Make sure you download the LiketoKnow.it app so you can shop all of my outfits straight from that app for FREE!

XOXO, Lauren

 

 

Summer Shorts on Repeat!

Okay gals! It’s almost officially summer time and if you are anywhere near the Deep South like me you are already feeling feeling the HEAT!! I basically keep 4-5 pairs of shorts on rotation all summer. I’m super picky about shorts and that’s probably why. I don’t want my booty hanging out in the back or constantly pulling on them in the front or my love handles hanging out on the sides, haha!!  AND because I’m cold 90% of the time and I wear scrubs most of my life. BUT, I am obsessing over a good pair of high waisted mom shorts, let me tell you!! These are my faves and I own all but one pair.

Lets break it down and I’m going to start at the top with the cuffed denim shorts from Old Navy. I could sleep in these, they are so comfortable. They have enough stretch but don’t stretch when you wear them. I give them an A++!

Everyone needs a pair of white shorts for summer. These high waisted white chinos are perfect for a more dressed up look for date night or with a dressier blouse. No stretch to these and they did shrink in the wash which I needed.

Next are the high waisted mom shorts. These are my most favorite pair of shorts of all time! I’ve worn these so many times since I’ve gotten them it’s embarrassing. No stretch and fit right at the waist, and the distressing is perfect. Target is really killing it with their shorts and these are only $15!!

Back to Old Navy, because they have such a variety and their shorts are just so good! These twill shorts are so soft and comfy and make for the perfect summer casual outfit or just bumming around the house.

The Old Navy boyfriend style denim shorts fit like a dream! I actually don’t own these and I’m not sure why. I love the length and distressing and color!

I cant leave out one of the newest, and of my favorite trends that I hope is here to stay, the paper bag waist. These belted paper bag denim shorts from Shein are adorable! They look super cute with a fitted tank or body suit and are all the rage this summer!

Last but not least are the white denim shorts from Old Navy. I have had these shorts for years and they will never go out of style and are still in stock on their site. They go with everything, are super comfortable and have just enough stretch.

 

XOXO, Lauren

Closet Staples from Ross!

First, let me start by saying that this post is not sponsored! I just love shopping at Ross and it’s really where the Thrifty Blonde all started! When my husband was in college, I worked as a cashier in a grocery store and made minimum wage so when I wanted to buy cute, trendy new clothes, Ross was the place I went. I love how they have clothes that are on trend but less than half the price, there’s something for everyone (even your pet) and I’ve decorated half of my house with their home decor items!

Last week, I went and bought five items, that are all staple pieces for Spring and Summer and can all be worn together to make multiple outfits. I spent $40 on everything, with the most expensive item being the skirt for $13.99. For the $40 I spent, I can get at least 6 outfits, just out of these 5 items, not to mention what all they will go with what I already have. The key is to buy versatile items, then throw in the fun, unique things every now and then.

What’s a staple piece, you may ask? To me it’s something that is a necessity to your closet and will go with multiple things. No, a bright yellow skirt may not be a necessity to your closet, but in the summer, it can be and can be worn with a graphic tee and sneakers or with wedges and one of these tanks or dressed up with an animal print top and block heels. A closet staple to you may be different to me. To save money, buy things that you know you can wear multiple ways.

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The white and black tanks can be worn by themselves or under a cardigan or kimono and the button trend is really hot right now.

The yellow skirt is so bright and cheery for summer and the paper bag waist is very much on trend. All three tops can be worn with the skirt.

The green joggers are the softest pants I own! They can be dressed up or down, again with the paper bag waist and all three tops will go perfectly!

The little pink smocked blouse was only $4.99 on clearance! It goes great with the joggers but also the skirt and will pair perfectly with some denim shorts. I see myself wearing this all summer long! Plus floral is huge right now and also can be worn into the fall under a cardigan.

Thrifty Tip: Try and buy pieces that you can style different ways and wear with different things to make your closet and dollar stretch.

XOXO, Lauren

 

6 Months Blogging! Tips for Beginners from a Beginner!

On April 15, 2019 I hit my 6 month blogging milestone! In these past 6 months, I have learned so much, met so many wonderful women and let myself become overwhelmed at times. I’ve always been a bargain hunter or “thrifty” shopper so I created The Thrifty Blonde Blog as a way to show people how to shop on a budget like I do, how to shop sales, and that you don’t have to wear designer to still stay trendy. I feel like I am accomplishing that goal so far and I have received a lot of positive feedback and it’s also grown into way more than I had imagined in a very good way! I don’t feel like I’m a wealth of information but I do feel like I’ve learned a lot in these 6 months and still learning every day.

I am an introvert and pretty much the least out going person you’ll ever meet. Blogging has really helped me come out of my shell a lot because in this industry you really need to find other like-minded girls to chat with or form a bond with. I have made the bestest of friends over the internet, and I know that sounds so weird to say but it’s the truth. More than likely, there are other bloggers in your area that you can meet up with for coffee or lunch and I highly suggest reaching out to them. I’ve met and had lunch with two of the sweetest girls in my area that are bloggers and I’m so glad that I did! There is a lot that goes into blogging and lingo that your family or significant other won’t understand that you will need other bloggers to talk to about. I’m part of a few engagement pods where we chat and get to know each other and I have a few close friends and bloggers that I look up to that if I have question, I know I will get a genuine answer.

I was not prepared for how much work blogging was going to be, hence why I said I let myself become overwhelmed at times. One thing I’ve learned about myself, is that I’m really good at planning and making schedules. I feel like I have the hang of it now, but until I came up with a way to plan when I was going to shoot my photos, when I was going to type my posts and what I was going to post on my feed every day, I was a little all over the place. I invested in a planner…a very good planner where I carry pretty much everywhere and this is how I stay organized and it’s easy peasy for the most part. At lot of people have the misconception that blogging is just being an Instagram model, basically. It’s so much more that goes into it like getting your outfits together, planning a blog post, writing a blog post, taking photos, editing photos, linking all of your items, etc…At first, I worried myself to death about having something to post every day. Now, I do agree that when you are growing your following that consistency is key, but I’m a bigger believer in quality over quantity. If I don’t have a picture to post that I don’t love, I don’t post that day and I’m okay with that. I normally try to post 5-6 times a week.

It’s very easy to get caught in the comparison trap. DON’T FALL IN IT!! I let this bother me for long time, way before I started blogging, but it hit me one day that I have so much to be thankful for and I’m so blessed that I don’t have to look at other people and be depressed that I don’t have what they have or look the way they look. I wrote a blog post on the this early on because it’s so easy to get caught up in.  You may wonder why other blogger’s accounts are growing faster than yours or they are getting to work with brands and you aren’t. You keep doing what you are doing and stay in your niche and it will work out for you, just try not to get caught up with numbers and follower count. I will eat you up.

I highly recommend getting your account verified by FOHR, which is free. It’s a company that helps influencers work with brands and if you are verified with them, it means that you have a healthy, authentic and growing audience. Once you get verified by FOHR, you have the opportunity to work with AmbassadHER, which is a company that pays you to post ads for them on your Instagram feed. You go through and pick which item you would like to promote, then apply. The cost is $2.99 a month to be a member with them. There are more, but this is who I have dealt with. I have worked with some great brands and have 3 awesome collabs coming up that I’m super pumped about. I never even thought about that when I started this…I just wanted to share my thrifty finds and maybe some recipes and DIY stuff. If you are blogging just for free stuff or to make money early on, you need to quit now because girlfriend you are in it for the wrong reasons. Don’t take every collab thrown at you. Try and pick collabs that are true to you and your brand and if you wouldn’t wear it or use it, then don’t share it.

Am I happy with starting a blog? Of course! It’s helped me show my creativity, helped me be more outgoing, helped me be more confident (because never in my wildest would I be on stories showing you how a swimsuit fit) BUT, when I feel like blogging is becoming a chore for me, I take a step back. I don’t post as much and I don’t have a blog post come out every Friday like normal. If I’m not feeling inspired or if I just don’t feel like I have anything to write about, I’m not going to throw together something, just to have something to post. I like my blog posts to have meaning and lots of meat to them, not just a picture of an outfit, so I put a lot of work into them and then I go back and edit it several times to make sure that it’s just how I want it. I guess it’s the perfectionist in me.

If you are on the fence about starting a blog, vlog, YouTube channel, whatever it may be, JUST GO FOR IT! If you are passionate about it, you will love it and you will thrive! I love blogging and showing girl’s how to dress on a budget but yes it is hard because I do have a full time job and family. I do it though because I enjoy it and I have made lifelong friends in the process! There are a few tips that I didn’t mention above that if you are a blogger just starting out, that I would like to share:

GET A PRESET YOU LIKEI ordered mine off of Etsy and I use with the LightRoom mobile app. If you are trying to get accepted into RewardStyle, a cohesive feed is one thing they look for.

NOT EVERYONE WILL BE A FAN OF YOUR WORK: Not everyone likes “influencers” and will question what you are doing. Just let it go in one ear and out the other.

DON’T FOLLOW TO UNFOLLOW: This is one of my biggest pet peeves and not a good way to gain followers. This was happening to me so often that I got an app that shows me who follows and unfollows me. It’s just rude to do this so if you are a decent person, you won’t do it.

ENGAGE, ENGAGE, ENGAGE: This will get get you noticed and if you are stuck in that comparison trap I talked about earlier, complimenting people is a good way to get out of it. I spend a good few hours of my day engaging on other girl’s posts. Just go through the followers of a blogger you like and pick a few and like and comment on their photos and maybe follow a few. If you have the opportunity to be an engagement pod, I would do that. Some people swear by them, others swear them off. Personally, they have helped me. It wouldn’t hurt to try.

USE YOUR PINTEREST ACCOUNT TO MOVE TRAFFIC TO YOUR BLOG AND IG PROFILE: I always thought that Instagram would be the only platform I would use for my blog, but as I’m doing this longer, the more I learn that there is so much many more opportunities to grow my blog! I converted my Pinterest account to a business account and started pinning my photos from my IG feed and blog posts. A LOT of people still rely on Pinterest for outfit inspo and pretty much everything! I also have a Facebook page for my blog as well. Anything to get your page seen or direct traffic to your blog is worth trying.

BE CONSISTENT: I touched a little on this, but when you are first starting out and growing your following, you must be consistent. Try to post every day if you have enough quality content to put out. If not, 4-5 times is enough. Don’t post, then go a week with nothing. You will lose followers and people will wonder what’s going on? Where did you go? Also, try to get on your stories everyday. I don’t talk on stories everyday, but I do at least post something…like posting the photo I did on my feed, but putting a GIF over it, so people will go to my feed to see it. Also, hashtags will get you more story views.

BE NICE AND BE FAIR!!! I seriously cannot stress this enough! Just be a kind human. Not everyone will like what you post and that’s fine, but don’t be one of those people that gives negative vibes and starts drama. If someone comments on your post, go to their page and reciprocate. If someone reaches out to you with a comment or question, always take the time to respond. There is room for everyone, so we should all be supportive of each other.

I think that’s it, haha!! If you ever have any questions, I’m an open book! Feel free to ask!

XOXO, Lauren

 

 

 

CAUSEBOX

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I’m so excited to be collabing with Causebox because of what they stand for and they give back to amazing causes. Every box has more that $250 worth of products for only $54.95. I’m going to break down all of the products in the Spring box, tell you a little bit about that product and company, then give you a code for $10 off your very own box!

 

 

Vegan Leather Portfolio Clutch (Glass Ladder & Co.)

Gold plated bracelet that donates profits to A1 to fight human trafficking. (Marina De Buchi)

Spring scarf made from vegan alternative to silk and donates a percentage of profits to women’s empowerment through CARE.org (Cleobella)

Rose Water Toning Mist: Natural and Organic skincare that donates to non-profits supporting girls education.  (Kalos Skincare)

Bamboo Lyocell Eye Mask made from one of the world’s most sustainable fabrics (Ettitude)

Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask: clinical skincare results from a natural skincare company (Cosmedix)

French pink clay Konjac sponge: natural skincare products that donates to Sea Shepherd to protect marine wildlife (Wyld Skincare)

Cotton macrame plant hanger: planted 8,000 trees in areas of California most affected by wildfires (Altru Goods)

Art Print designed by Spring Box artist Alja Horvat

WHAT AWESOME THINGS THESE COMPANIES ARE DOING!!

TO GET $10 OFF YOUR SPRING CAUSEBOX, USE CODE LAUREN10