Jewelry Madness!

Every outfit needs accessories right? But don’t you hate it when you buy something like a necklace or earrings from a store in the mall and then two weeks later they break on you? That’s probably because they were made cheaply! But hey thats all most of us can afford , but sometimes you can get lucky. In my experience as a savy shopper I have been dragged into expensive stores by friends thinking to myself that theres no way I can afford any of these things until I see the beautiful sign that reads SALE. Even more to my happiness is when I find the jewelry/accessories section on sale as well! So here are some places where I have found the best jewelry that I own as well as some tips to make you a bit savy-er and a bit smarter with shopping.

  • Spending a year in New York going to school not only helped me gain my own independence as a person but also helped me gain my own style and really put to the test, shopping on a budget! One day while in SoHo my friend dragged me into the well know European store, TopShop. Now for those of you that don’t know, Topshop is like the Forever 21 for Europeans except with 10x higher prices. This store is only offered In 4 cities, Chicago, New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, but they have an online store as well! The prices are outrageous for some things but they’re well made items and European at that! Anyways the day we walked in was the day they had the big jewelry and accessories sale. Things were marked down from $25 (original price) to $3-10 (sale price) which was awesome! I was now a proud owner of $15 worth of cross earrings, two bracelets and a necklace. All of which I still wear and it still hasn’t broken! I even bought my favorite pair of white spiked flats (which are a bit dirty now) from there for only $10 with an original price of $40. So tip number one is to go into any store with a sale sign! Even if it’s expensive, some of the best items that will last you a long time can be found here! 
  • Another place I have found to be a jem is the second hand store in Austin, Buffalo Exchange. Although the prices can be a bit expensive for a place that sells used items, the labels can range from Betsey Johnson to Zara to Coach. There are always new and exciting items to find even vintage can be found here. The jewelry/accessories part of the store has to be my favorite. There are so many items to choose from they’re funky, fun and fresh. The best items are kept in a class case and range from watches to rings and bracelets. Most of the time these jewelry pieces are made from real gold or silver and can range from $15-30 but will definitely last you a long time! There’s costume jewelry that will be cheaper which range from $5-10 as well but the most important thing is to find something unique and affordable that catches your eye! Shopping is not only about what you get and how much you spend, its about the search for the perfect item that fits your style and your look! Tip number 2 is to stop at thrift stores and see what you can find, the possibilities are endless.

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Valentine’s Day Dilemma?

Hey Ladies! so Valentine’s Day is coming up in a couple days and most of us are wondering what to wear for that dinner and a movie date, that singles party that our roommates are dragging us to, or that romantic evening we’ve been planning with our boyfriends for weeks. Even more so we all want an outfit that doesn’t break the bank something that’s simple, sophisticated, and cheap! We’re only college students after all! So I’ve created a list of places that have the best deals as well as great quality.

1. Express: now most of us know Express to be quite an expensive store at our local mall. But what you don’t know is they actually have some of the best deals around. At the end of January, Express has an end of season sale with 40-50% off already marked down prices, there’s no way you can pass on a deal like this. Express even offers an extra 10% off your purchase when you show a valid Military ID. So you can purchase a nice dress, or shirt and skirt combo for whatever occasion for between $30-40.

*Quick Tip: Look for clothes during the end of seasons in order to score the best prices. Most stores are looking to get rid of clothes to make room for more

2. Forever 21: Most of us are aware at the great prices that Forever 21 provides for clothing that is not only cute and fashionable, but items that we can wear over and over again. The great thing about Forever 21 is every Monday they provide a flash sale online where all new just-in clothing items are 22% off as well as sale items with extra discounts that you can’t find in stores. Recently Forever 21 has been displaying Valentine’s Day themed dresses, shirts, and accessories so this is the place to go to get the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit.

*Quick Tip: Sign up on your favorite store’s email list to get coupons, exclusive sales and the first one to know about the new items coming into stores.

3. H&M: Similar to Forever 21, H&M has made it’s way on this list because of their funky yet affordable styles. H&M regularly has massive sales which range from $5-10 in clothing and jewelry. Perfect for Valentine’s Day shopping, H&M offers classic style dresses and casual fun dresses as well.

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An Introduction!

Shopping-BagsHey Guys! My name is Alex and i’ve created this blog to help students find the best deals around town! Being in college is tough and finding clothes that fit, look great and are within your budget is even tougher! So with my blog I will be showing ya’ll my favorite places to find stylish yet cheap clothes as well as some local places around San Marcos. I will also give tips and tricks to shopping on a budget, finding the perfect clothes for you, and up-incoming sales around town!

 

Photo Credit:http://inmyownstyle.com/2010/08/for-the-silhouette-less.html