Where and how I shop

Hey everyone!

So I feel really guilty for not updating my blog. If you are from the Charlotte NC area you probably know how awful our weather has been. Everyday for the past two weeks has been just really dreary and cloudy. No sunlight and super cold has been a pretty consistent pattern. I have also had some things going on in my personal life which have been taking up a lot of time (new job), I still plan on updating my blog though :) I also really appreciate all of the views I have been getting and the great responses. My ultimate goal is to inspire you all with my fashion finds and the way I style my outfits. I have also been approached with some great opportunities coming up to share with all of my fashion followers. I will be posting that surprise in a few days.

Back to the point of this post..

I have recently had some questions about where I shop and where I find great deals. For the longest time, people have always judged me by the way that I dress. Even in school I would have people ask me how I am able to buy clothes all of the time. What gets me the most is when people think all of my clothes are expensive (they are not at all!) Honestly, about 90% of what I buy is on SALE. I am not rich by any means and if you read my blogs you have probably noticed that I buy a lot of reasonably priced items aside from things that I may have been gifted.

I try to find pieces from an array of stores at great prices. Things that substantially fit into my budget. I do have a job and make my own money, but I am just like any other college student on a budget. Buying high priced items is just not ideal a lot of the times. I love to think that quality is better than quantity, which it is, but in order to experiement with different styles and trends, I find it easier to buy things I love for a great price. If you are looking for ways to make your money go a little further, shop online. I always have such an urge to go out shopping…which I do, but I have found that I save so much more money shopping online.

How I save money….

USE E-bates! You guys, if you do not know what this website is, PLEASE check it out. I am constantly using this website to find great deals. Basically what this website does is they allow you to shop through their store link and you get cash back. It is literally the easiest way to save your money.

SIGN UP FOR E-BATES HERE: http://www.ebates.com

I also sign up for rewards cards. I try not to have a million of these little cards stacked in my wallet so I generally have them for the stores that I shop at most (the ones that offer them). Bebe has a great rewards cards as well as Guess. I rack up points fast because I shop their sales and get great deals on quality items. This process earns me points fast and once I get a chunk of points saved up I buy a full priced item for cheaper. This is also the same way I shop at Ulta and Sephora. I am a sucker for beauty stores and could spend hours in each browsing around. I do purchase a lot of things from both of these stores and try to save up my points. Like I said, look for sales. Both of these beauty stores offer great deals which I always find products I want to give a try.

So where do I shop….

A lot of places! For your general clothing stores I love to shop at H&M. I find that they offer a FANTASTIC selection of original and unique pieces. I always find great deals in there as well. However I find myself shopping online more than in stores, H&M has great online sales as well.

http://www.hm.com/us/

BeBe is a great store to shop sales. Although they can be a little pricey the one at my local mall has great deals and a large sale rack with some really nice items. I love to stop in and browse around.

http://www.bebe.com

Charlotte Russe! They have awesome shoes and a great deal that is always being advertised. You really cannot beat buy one get one for $10.  

http://www.charlotterusse.com

Zara is life. Please go onto Zara.com if you are into high fashion styles. They have great prices for super unique and trendy pieces.

http://www.zara.com/us/

MissGuided…. Oh my gosh. This store is probably my current favorite. Forever21 prices for super cute clothes that are in style!

http://www.missguidedus.com

Forever21, alway a great store to shop when on a budget. 

http://www.forever21.com

Some other great stores to save your money at: lulus.com, Tobi.com, FashionNova.com, and Amazon (always).

https://www.lulus.com

http://www.tobi.com

http://www.fashionnova.com

http://www.amazon.com

Again, these are stores that I am always browsing around online or in stores. They are definitely worth your time if you love to mix up your wardrobe and play around with your style. 

Local Boutiques:

Some of you may know that I am from the Charlotte area. There are a lot of up and coming boutiques that I recommend. However, the ones that I am about to list are UNIQUE and do not sell redundant clothing as other boutiques do. These stores offer an array of pieces you will NOT find anywhere else. However, please remember that boutiques can be pricey, choose wisely with what you purchase!

Boris and Natashas: (all time favorite) this boutique is absolutely incredible. Sexy, quality, and unique clothing can be found inside of this store.

Blush Boutique: always a great store to shop. Cute clothes and fresh items always coming in.

Julies Boutique: this store has been around forever. I now know why they have been around for ages… great customer service and great clothes. They offer trendy styles and a large array of bright colors.

Ivy & Leo: this is the sister store to Julies boutique. They as well offer a great array of bright colors for great prices. I love shopping this store in the summer!

There are many boutiques in the Charlotte area. These just happen to be some of my favorites. I hope that this helps and gives you all an idea of some of my shopping habits. Again, I am so thankful for all of your views and taking the time to check out my blog.

<3

Anna

 

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Plated Gold

January 30th, 2015

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Rompers are probably one of my favorite things to wear just because they are so easy to keep up with. After all it is only one piece, which makes it way more comfortable and simple to dress up or down. I bought this romper last year from Express. I think it cost me around $50.00. I searched around on the internet and have also found alternative rompers that are almost identical to this one, I will link that below (cheaper too). The actual romper does not include the belt. I added it to accentuate my figure a little more. I purchased this one in store from BeBe. I am not sure if they offer it online but it was kind of expensive ranging from $45.00-$50.00. There are also chapter alternatives on Amazon, I will also link that below. Now for the best part! Shoes!!! These shoes were soooooo cheap. I got them on sale from Target for $13.00! Best deal ever. They are by Sam and Libby for Target.

A little history lesson about Sam and Libby, these are awesome shoes. Sam and Libby used to be sold in department stores, they have always had great quality shoes. I am so excited that they are now being sold in Target because they are much more accessible. Target online has a great selection of Sam and Libby products, I totally suggest that you check them out.

As for my earrings, I don’t know why I cannot get away from gold hoops. I literally wear them all the time when I go out. They’re just my favorite. These gold hoops are just a simple cheap pair from Forever21.

Hope you all have a great weekend and stay warm! Thanks for viewing!

XAnna

WHERE TO GET IT:

Burgundy Romper: Check it out

Gold Plated Belt: Amazon

Shoes: Sam and Libby for Target

 

 

 

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Sunshine and Boots

January 26th, 2015

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Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a great Monday. It is not the most beautiful day here in Charlotte today (overcast) but I am trying to make the best of it. I am so ready of summer and lots of sunshine. I feel like it the past few weeks it has been cloudy almost everyday. The one day that it was not cloudy I actually got some pictures. Over the weekend I went to visit Clemson University and we had a lot of sunshine. This is one of the outfits that I brought along with me. My top is a basic black flowy v-neck. I purchased this from my local Marshalls for $16.99. The jeans that I am wearing are from Forever21 and they cost me around $27.00. I love these distressed jeans because the material is really soft which makes them a lot easier to maneuver around in. I often find myself soooo uncomfortable in jeans so these are a nice alternative.

The boots I am wearing are my good ole Timberlands. I find it pretty funny that I am into these right now. My style has changed so much and I’m finding myself picking comfort over torturous heels more often. You can never go wrong with a classic pair of shoes. These are a little more on the pricey side but I promise you they are worth it. They literally match everything and they last forever. I purchased mine off of Amazon for around $145.00.

As for my bag, this is my favorite bag right now. This is the Jet Set Travel Camouflage  Saffiano Leather Tote. This bag was a gift to me for my birthday but the price for this bag really ranges all over. Mine was purchased for $170 but I have seen them go for up to $225. This bag fits so much and is great for traveling. I use this bag as a more casual day bag when I need to carry stuff around but not dress up. The Jet Set Travel bags really are worth the price and I recommend them to anyone who is interested in them.

As for the rest of my outfit, my sunglasses are from Versona Accessories purchased for $12.00 and my earrings are just plain gold hoops from Forever21.

For my next post I was thinking about doing a post about caring for your Michael Kors bags. As some of you know I own a few and they are my favorite bags to carry. Please let me know if you would be interested in that type of post.

Thanks again for your support and for the view :)

XAnna

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Similar tops: Basic Black Top

Distressed Jeans: Distressed Jeans 

Jet Set Travel Bag: Michael Kors

Boots: Timberland

Sunglasses: Find your nearest Versona

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Casual Night Out

January 18th, 2015

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Hi everyone, I hope you are having a great week. The look that I am wearing above was an outfit I wore out yesterday evening for dinner. I just purchased this surplice black top from Forever21 . The front is a silky material and the back of this top is a soft cotton material leaving it extra comfortable. This top cost me around $20. As for my jeans, I purchased these from Pacsun. These jeans are by Bullhead and fit me perfectly. My shoes are also brand new as well, I just bought these from Charlotte Russe for around $40.00 and they are my favorite. I think the brand of these is DollHouse. I have actually been impressed with Charlotte Russe shoes lately. The backs of the shoe also lace up which makes them even more sexy. My bag is from Louis Vuitton and this bag was passed down to me from my grandmother. This bag is called the Pochette canvas monogram bag. I don’t know if Louis Vuitton still makes it but I am sure that you can find it on E-Bay. I hope that you all enjoy the rest of your week and please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for visiting. Also, I have linked everything I am wearing below :)

xAnna

Outfit:

Forever21 TOP: Black Surplice 

PacSun Jeans: Ripped Jeans

Charlotte Russe Heels: Strappy Lace Up Heels

Pochette Monogram Louis Vuitton: E-bay

 

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Baby Blue

January 5th, 2015

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As much as I dislike turtle necks I am kind of obsessed with the one I chose to wear in this post. I purchased this baby blue turtle neck cropped sweater from Forever21 for $25.00. The color is flattering for the winter time and the cool color compliments my pale skin tone at the moment. I can’t wait to pair this sweater with high waisted pants and leggings. The pants that I chose to wear in this post are from H&M. They are pocketless pleather pants and they cost me $18.00. I bought them on sale on the website so I am not sure if they have this exact pair but I know they have tons of pleather pants on the website. My shoes are from Aldo purchased for $60.00 on sale in store and my bag is by Michael Kors. For those who have asked, this bag was bought at an outlet. This bag is the MK Selma made with canvas material. I have not been able to find another bag like this one but I am sure E-Bay has some listed or similar. I love the Selma bags so much, out of all MK bags the Selma is my absolute favorite. They are a lot pricer than the other MK bags but so worth it because of their classic style. I hope everyone is enjoying the new year and thank you for viewing!

For further inquries please e-mail me at dressdown4what@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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New Years Eve 2014

December 31st, 2014

It is still so crazy for me to believe that another year has passed, and what a year it has been! This year has had it’s ups and downs but now it is time to start over with a fresh start.

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So for tonight I am heading down town for some New Years events. I will probably hit a few different spots to see whats going on. I chose this short sequin red dress from SimplyDresses.com. I picked red because I usually always stick to black with dresses. I love how this dress really sparkles. It also fits my body like a glove. The detailing is beautiful up close as well. For shoes, I picked these Mia red peep toe ankle strap platforms which I purchased from Miashoes.com for $49.00. These happen to be one of my favorite pairs of shoes. As for my bag, I picked this small black and gold clutch from Aldo for $35.00 to keep my phone and ID in for the night. The clutch also has a useful strap inside. I know you’re probably thinking I am going to freeze my butt off.. which I probably will..but I will end up adding a black trench coat to take on and off throughout the night.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe NYE! I cannot wait for the exciting things 2015 will bring!

XAnna

Dress: SimplyDresses.com

Shoes: Miashoes.com

Clutch: Aldoshoes.com

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas

December 27th, 2014

I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas. I spent the day with my family watching movies and eating lots of food. Surprisingly, my family does not open gifts on Christmas day. Our family tradition has always been to open gifts on Christmas Eve. This is because my moms side of the family is Japanese. My grandmother who was full Japanese always had us open up our gifts on the night before Christmas. Even though she passed away a few years ago, my family still tries to keep the tradition alive.  Usually, we have a giant plate of sushi and other Japanese dishes to share but this year was a little different. We did include the giant plate of sushi but my aunt made other dishes and deserts to share as well. I know that probably sounds so weird but everyone has there own little traditions during the holidays. I am just thankful I was able to spend time with my family. I hope that you all were able to spend time with your loved ones and enjoy your Christmas holiday.

Since I spent my Christmas in pajamas and slippers, I did not have any great outfits to take pictures in. So here is my outfit that I wore the day after the holiday.

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I decided to break out my hat for the winter, I usually have a hard time wearing hats like these because I find myself either getting hot or annoyed with it on my head. I do love the way they look though. This hat is from Forever 21 and I think I paid around $15.00 for it. My shirt is from Calvin Klein which I purchased from Sax Fifth Avenue for $65.00. My leggings are thermal fleece leggings bought for me as a gift. Although I have seen these in multiple stores such as Maurice’s, Target, Amazon, etc…they are literally everywhere. I recommend these for anyone who values comfort because they are so warm and easy to lounge in. My bag is by Kate Spade and I have no idea how much it cost. I was given this bag as a Christmas gift. Definitely far from my style but I am in love with it! I never go for a bag this size but I am so glad I was gifted this because it literally holds so much and is so easy to wear. I love the style and color of it, it is a classic bag that I know I will have forever. I am enjoying having to scale down to use this too. I always find myself using a big huge bag and stuffing with with a million things  I don’t need causing me to carry around a brick when I go out. As for my jewelry, my bracelets are from BeBe and they cost me $30.00. And saving best for last, I am obsessed with thigh high boots right now and that is exactly what I am wearing. These boots I purchased off of JustFab for $40.00.

Thanks again for viewing and I will have some more posts coming soon. Looking forward to shooting my New Years Eve outfit so be on the look out for it. Also, be sure to check below for links to the products listed.

XAnna

Hat: Forever21 Hat

Calvin Klein Shirt: SaxFifthAvenue (Bought this a year ago)

Thermal Fleece Leggings: Target

Kate Spade Bag: Click here to find it on E-Bay

Bebe Bracelets: Bebe (Bought these a year ago)

Boots: JustFab 

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New Years Inspiration at DailyLook.com

Thursday, December 18th

The new year is right around the corner and it is time to start hunting for those evening outfits. I have created some outfit options from the DailyLook website using their Little Black Dresses options as my inspiration. One thing I love about bringing in the new year is making resolutions to be the best version of yourself that you can be. So why not start with a great new outfit? New Years Eve (NYE) does not always mean you have to wear sparkles and sequins. Personally, I love slim fitted simple and sexy dresses that I can dress up with flashy accessories. Don’t forget to check out DailyLook.com to find your perfect little black dress for NYE.

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I am absolutely obsessed with this T-Strap Black Open Back Dress from DailyLook. This option is slim fitting but sexy enough to bring in the new year.  I paired this intriguing red Feather Jacket to add some color and warmth to the look. The clutch and heels can also be found on the website. I decided not to pair jewelry with this outfit because I personally like to be more simplistic. Although if you like more accessories, a nice cocktail ring or a pair of stud earrings would also pull the outfit together.

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For the second look I chose this Black Bodycon Dress. This dress is so different and will definitely stand out on NYE. Not only does it accentuate your curves but it also shows enough leg to keep the look desirable. I am such a fan of luscious faux fur jackets and this Faux Fur is really a standout. Throwing  a faux fur coat on with any outfit can instantly make your look glamorous and this coat does just that. I decided to add a pair of chandelier earrings and sequin high heels  to pull together this look giving it a little extra glam.  For the final accessory, I chose to add a sparkly clutch. This outfit adds the perfect amount of sexy to your NYE.

I found that DailyLook offers several options to meet each persons individual style. There are so many diverse options that this website offers which makes it a lot more fun to shop. I personally like to stick to a sexy simple look but add glamorous accessories to play up my outfit. I hope that you find DailyLook just as helpful as I did while planning your NYE outfit. Please know that I would never promote anything that I do not personally love myself. You can find all of these products on DailyLook.com. Thanks for reading and please leave me any feedback that you may have.

Hope you all have a safe and happy New Years!

XAnna

 

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It’s Back

Wednesday, December 17th

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I have finally brought back my blog and I am ready to get it back on track. For those of you that do not know, I took some time off to focus my attention on some responsibilities I had going on in my life. I plan on posting regularly and I hope that I hope that you find some kind of inspiration from my posts. Please follows me on Instagram for daily updates and style posts. I hope you stay tuned and thanks for visiting. Also, please leave comments in the comment section. I love all feedback.

X Anna

Outfit Details:

Top: Quilted white top from Forever21…$17.99

Pants: Pleather pants from H&M…$29.99

Shoes: Pleather Snakeskin sneakers from H&M… $11.00

Beanie: Black Beanie from Target…$5.00

Be on the look for my next post!

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Enchanted

June 23rd, 2014

 

I finally found a great pair of knee high gladiator sandals.. and guess what! They were only $24.99 from Off Broadway. I decided to go with gold because in the summer I like to get a little bit of a tan and I feel like they just accent everything so much better. I’ve literally worn these sandals like 10 times and I just bought them a week ago. They are also comfortable too. I will say, it may be harder for some people to find the right sizes in these because everyone’s calf size is different. Luckily, these fit me just fine. The floral crop top I am wearing is from Forever 21 and I think it cost me around $9.00. My high waist shorts are from Urban Outfitters and my pale pink kimono is by Julies Boutique which I purchased for $25.00. I really love how these sandals just pulled this outfit together. Please let me know what you think in the comments. Thanks again for viewing!

Follow me on Instagram! http://instagram.com/quan_anna

http://www.juliesclothing.com/

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/index.jsp

https://www.offbroadwayshoes.com/welcome.html

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Main.aspx?br=f21

 

 

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