5 Pieces, 4 Outfits, 1 Happy Fashionista

Okay, I have to admit: I’m addicted to Pinterest. I love going through the fashion sections and pinning my dream wardrobe (who needs to do homework when you can create visuals of your dream life ammmiright?!). The only problem is, there is no chance in hell of me being able to afford said mentioned wardrobe. This season I decided to revamp my wardrobe with just a few key pieces to recreate some of my most envied Pinterest looks. Below you’ll see some of my favorite fall pieces, and how you can create 4 amazing looks with only 5 pieces. So put down the credit card, close that tab on Urban with $300 worth of merchandise in your checkout cart, and check out how to update your wardrobe without also updating your financial status to ‘broke betch’. 5 Pieces, 4 Outfits
                                              
Do you have any fall pieces that you love to work into multiple outfits? Where’s you’re favorite place for fall shopping. Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest and Instragram @loansandlouboutins!
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Hot In The City

Hello friends! This has been quite a week for me, between moving into my new apartment, celebrating syllabus week, and most notably, starting my new internship! So far there have definitely been some unforgettable moments, i.e. that time we had to use a hammer to knock the deadbolt off our door on the first night here because we were locked out of the apartment (l.o.l.). This week I started an internship in the real live fashion world, and I absolutely love it. I also came to the sad realization that although I’m a native New Yorker, I never fail to get lost in the city. I thought I’d dedicate this post to my fellow Fashionista’s out there who need a little internship/job wardrobe inspiration, because we all know that waking up at 7:30 is a lot more enjoyable when there’s a cute outfit waiting for you.

Hot in the City
What are your go-to outfits for your internship/job? Any favorite stores? Let me know in the comments! Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram @loansandlouboutins for daily updates on my life/wardrobe/getting lost in the city.

Let’s Get Physical

Truth be told, once I got to college, working out reached the bottom of my to-do list. After a long day of classes, an internship, and writing papers, getting on the treadmill was literally the last thing I wanted to do. Ultimately, laying in bed with a slice of pizza watching a Sex and the City marathon beat out going to the gym more times than I’d care to admit. I always found the gym boring, but this summer I committed myself to getting back in shape. I realized that while I find walking on the treadmill for an hour a total snoozefest, I absolutely love taking group classes. When I saw that my gym was offering a beginners yoga class I figured I would try it out.  To be honest I went in to that class thinking the whole thing would be “focus on your breathing, namaste” nonsense, but it turned out to be a challenging, yet somehow relaxing workout. Now I’m totally obsessed with yoga and have even gotten into other classes like zumba and spin. The best part about getting back into a fitness routine? Brand new workout clothes! Oh, yeah and you know, being healthy and fit is kinda cool too. When it comes to workout gear there are some things that you should invest in, while others can be found at bargain prices. Below I’ve compiled some save and splurge guidelines for workout gear!

 

Save: Sports Bras

aerie sports bra  gap high impact sports bra

Now, this might seem like a strange one to suggest saving on but hear me out. According to Women’s Health Magazine, most sports bras loose their supportiveness over time, and should be replaced every 6-12 months. So, while that super awesome sports bra that costs $50 might seem like a great buy at the moment, chances are you’ll have to toss it within the year. Personally I love Aerie’s Fit Racerback Bra for things like yoga and spin class. At $15 you can buy three of these for the price of one at other stores. If you’re participating in more high impact activities, Gap offers a great line of sports bras for just $24.99.

 

Splurge: Sneakers 

           Nike-Free-TR-4-Womens-Training-Shoe-629496_600_A adidas mint shoes

Lets face it: our feet put up with a lot. We shove them in 6 inch heels, we run to the subway in unsupportive flats, and sometimes we step on that hair clip we forgot to pick up off the floor. Since wearing worn out or unsupportive sneakers can cause injury, let us vow to give our feet a little more love. First, make sure you’re wearing the right shoe for the type of exercise your participating in. Since I’m certainly no doctor (blood = Rachel fainting) , I’ll let this article give you a little more explanation on that front. Don’t be shy to ask a sales assistant at whatever store you’re shopping in for some guidance. They’ll be more than happy to find you the right sneaker for your exercise routine. Nike has an excellent website that will help you narrow down the sneaker you need based on what kind of exercise your doing. Bonus: Nike has a feature that allows you to design your own custom shoe. Hot pink shoes anyone?!

Save: Workout Tops 

                                      forever 21 workout shirttarget yoga top

Since you’re probably going to want to buy quite a few workout tops, I would recommend keeping your eyes peeled for some budget friendly options. You can look just as stylish and comfortable in a $10 shirt as you would in a $50 shirt. This tank from Forever 21 is perfect for whatever you like doing at the gym and comes in adorable mint green and pink. At $12.80 you can get both colors without feeling the least bit guilty. Target also offers a wide variety of stylish workout gear at great prices. This top would be perfect for my weekly yoga class. Namaste y’all.

Splurge: Bottoms 

alala knee tights vs yoga pants

While some of your workout gear may be reserved solely for the gym, those yoga pants are guaranteed to make an appearance when you’re heading to the library or running errands. For that reason I would say go crazy and splurge a little on some cute and durable workout bottoms. I have to say I’m pretty obsessed with these capris from Alala. Not only would they be perfect for my workouts, but I wouldn’t think twice about wearing them outside of the gym. With the cute design and comfortable fit, these will definitely be your new go-to. Obviously we can’t forget our good friend the yoga pant. These yoga pants from Victoria’s Secret are a favorite of mine with the cute patterned fold over top. These pants are perfect to take you from the gym to a casual lunch with the girls.

So get out there and switch up your typical workout routine. You might just find a class or exercise that you never expected you’d love. What are your favorite exercise routines? What do like to wear when you’re working out? Any favorite stores to buy workout gear? Let me know!

Wear it Out

Well people,I have some good news and some bad news. Let’s start with the good news: it is OFFICIALLY spring! Yay. Here’s the bad news: mother nature didn’t seem to get the memo and it’s still pretty damn cold out. In the hopes of inspiring some rapid weather changes, here are a few spring-time pieces that can all be worn now and later.

Urban Outfitters: Motel Narla Cross- Back Dress

Urban dress

This dress is ideal for transitioning from winter to spring. The daisy pattern is adorable and gives a spring-time feel, and will look great paired with tights and boots for those colder days. Once the weather starts to warm up (dear god, please happen soon), ditch the tights and add a colorful cardigan for an ideal date look. This dress was originally $70.00, but is currently only $39.99! Also, two of the most sacred words in the world of fashion: Free Shipping.

 

kate spade new york: Seaport Watch  

kate spade necklace

kate spade new york is one of the hottest brands right now with their amazing selection of handbags, accessories, and jewelry. Unfortunately, for most of us when we think of brands like this, Kristin Wiig in Bridesmaids comes to mind with her “help me I’m poor.” statement to the flight attendant. Luckily for us though, kate spade new york has excellent sales! This Seaport watch for example, was originally $150 and is now $105. The pop of pink will brighten up any outfit regardless of the weather outside. Plus, if you join their mailing list you will receive 15% off your next purchase. Sounds good to me!

Gap: Slub floral tee 

gap tee

It’s not exactly breaking news that florals scream spring. This T-shirt from Gap is perfect to wear now with jeans and a cardigan. Wear is later with shorts and flats for a casual daytime look. The best part about this shirt? It is only $11.99. Yes you read that correctly: $11.99! What’s that I hear? The sound of your feet running to the nearest Gap? That’s what I thought.

So get going on that spring cleaning guys! You have to make room for all these amazing new additions to your wardrobe. Hopefully, the weather will pick up on these not so subtle hints and we’ll be basking in the sun in no time. Fingers crossed!