Shop Smart- Tips on How to Get the Most for Your Money

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As you know, the purpose of my blog is “Styling the Single-Girl Closet on the College-Girl Budget”. I often style the good deals I find in my outfit posts, but today I’d like to share some of tips and tricks on how I fill my Single-Girl Closet on my College-Girl Budget.

1. It will always go on sale- wait a while! If you find something that you love that’s full price, give it a few weeks. Unless it’s already pretty affordable, or you’re on a schedule. I always do this at Dillard’s (especially with shoes!), JCrew, and Target, and usually end up saving a lot!

2. Start with the sale racks first- If I’m shopping just “to shop” (not looking for anything specific), I’ll head to the racks with the “SALE” signs first. That way if I find something I like (which I usually do), it will be a good deal!

3. Sign up for emails from your favorite stores. I subscribe to emails from Old Navy and Loft, and they have saved me all kinds of money! Loft will notify their subscribers of every sale, especially one-day only deals! I’ve rushed to Loft multiple times because of their 24-hour dress pant sale. Old Navy will send out coupons, some to be used online, and some in stores.

4. Always ask! If something is advertised as on sale, but rings up higher than expected, ask the cashier about it! You don’t have to be rude, just say “I thought that was supposed to be 50% off?”. They’ll usually correct a mistake, or explain why it actually isn’t on sale. Also, if you aren’t sure about a coupon or special offer, ask! I recently had a coupon for Old Navy that I wasn’t sure if I could use on clearance items, so I asked the cashier and he cleared it up for me. It never hurts to ask!

5. Compare and Contrast. Sometimes, the things I love are way out of my price range, even when they go on sale. When this happens, I try and find a comparable item at a lower price. Also, shopping around before you buy is key to making sure you get the best deal!

6. If you don’t love it, don’t buy it. This seems obvious, but it’s one of the best ways to avoid wasting your money. In the words of Sandra Bullock as Leigh Ann Tuohy in the Blind Side,”If you don’t love it in the store, you won’t wear it. The store’s where you love it the most.” If you’re not sure that it looks good on, or if you’re not sure if you need it, don’t buy it! I’ve bought a few things that I’ve worn about twice, and I definitely regret it! Make sure that you only buy things you really love and will get a lot of use out of.

Just remember, it takes time to fill a Single-Girl Closet on a College-Girl Budget! These tips should make it a little easier, and hopefully a little more fun! Do you have any smart shopping tips? Let me know!

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Trends I’m Loving- Bright Summer Nails

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It’s back to work and real life for me today! But it’s a short week, and my bestie is coming to visit this weekend- yay!

I love nail polish, and it’s one area in my life where I tend to bend the rules. If I want to wear neon yellow the week before Christmas, I will. If I want to wear black in June, I’ll do that as well. However, I get really excited in the summer when all the bright colors make their debut. There are always a few new colors that I’m dying to get my hands on…or get on my hands. Either way, bright summer colors are a nail trend I typically go along with. Here’s what I’m loving this year:

Essie Vices Versa

 

This bright green, Vices Versa, from Essie’s neon  collection is definitely a top choice for summer nails. The neon hue adds a pop of color with an edgy twist! This would be perfect for the beach, or with an all-white or all-black ensemble.

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I always have to have a bright red or hot coral for the summer, and Butter London’s Ladybird definitely fits the bill. This is a great color that can go from work to play, and would look great with both your pool hat and your powersuit!

opi orange Orange is taking center stage this summer, which I would normally hate, but it’s growing on me! Orange polish, like Juice Bar Hopping from OPI is an excellent color for your sandy little toes this summer.

What nail polish colors are you loving this summer? Let me know!

Today, I’m linking up with Zelle from A Southern Style, Kristina from Medicine & Manicures, Katie from Champagne & Suitcases, and Amanda from As the Wine Cork Turns for #TrendingTuesday- head over and see what’s trendy this Tuesday!

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Monday’s Musings

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend- I sure did! I traveled to Houston on Thursday to go to the Backstreet Boys concert with my bestie Ashley, then home to East Texas on Friday. I went shopping for work clothes with my mom on Saturday, and yesterday my family and I went to the lake- so you can say it’s been a busy but fun weekend.

I’m still at home today, because I have my annual checkup with my cardiologist this morning. I’ve talked about my heart defect before on the blog (you can read about it here), because it’s a big part of my life. I’ve recently done some research on Congenital Heart Defects, and I came across this interesting infographic on Pinterest that I’d like to share with you!

CHD infographic

I was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (also known as Pulmonary Atresia), and had all three of my surgeries at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, which I wasn’t aware was one of the top 20 pediatric cardiology hospitals! Congenital Heart Defects affect many children across America, and I’m thankful that my case has turned out so well. Every year when I have my checkup, I am reminded of God’s grace, provision, and how He has done great things in my life. Hopefully I’ll get another good report today! This week, I would encourage you all to be thankful for your health and proud of the things you’ve overcome- I know I will!

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Instagram & The Blog Baton

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Happy Friday! I’m so happy it’s the weekend! I’m headed home from Houston  today- I went to a Backstreet Boys concert with my bestie Ashley last night- it was Literally Everything.

Some exciting things are happening with Sweet Cats! and social media! First, I finally got an Instagram! I’ve always had a personal account, but I’ve hesitated to link it to my blog, simply because of privacy reasons. But I’ve made an account for the blog and I’m excited to be able to share more with you all! Follow along at @sweetcatsblog !

Also, today I’m hosting The Blog Baton on Instagram. If you don’t know what that is, it’s an Instagram account hosted by Mason from Mason…Like The Jar that allows different bloggers to share their everyday lives with followers. It’s a great opportunity to discover new bloggers, and to grow your own following! Follow along with me for the day @TheBlogBaton- it’s going to be just like senior year but funner. (I’m praying someone gets this Legally Blonde reference).

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Jewelry- My Essential 5

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Happy Thursday! I’m so excited, because not only am I going home this weekend, but tonight I’m going to see the Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne! The summer after I graduated from high school, I went to see the Backstreet Boys when they toured with NKOTB with my friends Kinsey and Emma, and it was everything. I can’t wait to see my boys again- and Avril Lavigne is a special treat so I can relive my brief fifth-grade punk bad girl phase (don’t ask).

It’s no secret that I love my jewelry, and I love to mix it up every day depending on what I’m wearing. I shared my everyday jewelry a few months ago, but the other day I was thinking, “If I could only have five pieces of jewelry, what would they be?” If that ever happens I don’t know what I’ll do with myself, but it was definitely interesting to think about. It took me a while to come up with only five things I couldn’t part with- some were obvious, but some took a little more thought. Here’s what I came up with!

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First are my pearls. Technically this is two pieces, but it’s my hypothetical situation so I get to make the rules. Pearl earrings and a necklace are typically thought of as a set, so it still counts as just one. I got my pearls the Christmas after I turned 18- it’s a tradition in my family. I love my pearls because they’re a classic, and a perfect, Southern addition to nearly any ensemble.

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Next is my Michael Kors watch. I wear this every day, whether I’m wearing a dress or just Nike shorts and a tee shirt. It’s a classic piece, and it’s a staple in my jewelry box- I couldn’t go without it!

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Next is my dainty, sideways cross necklace. I love this because it’s a great reminder of my faith, and also because it’s so dainty. It can stand alone or be layered- very versatile!

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I also chose my favorite cat earrings. It’s no secret that I love kitties, and I actually have quite the collection of cat-themed jewelry. What I love about these studs is that they’re whimsical yet practical. They’re a fun shape, but a classic color with a little sparkle. I typically wear these when I’m wanting something simple.

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Last, I chose my Aggie ring. Duh. It’s the most valuable piece of jewelry I own, mostly because it cost me 90 hours of studying, sweat, and tears. It represents one of my greatest accomplishments and it’s something I’m very proud of. I also think that it’s beautiful- shiny gold with intricate detailing and a diamond in the center. Out of all the jewelry I own, this is definitely my favorite.

What are your essential 5? Let me know!

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Trends I’m Loving- One-Piece Swimsuits

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One of my favorite parts of summer is getting a new swimsuit. I haven’t been able to find one I absolutely love this year, but I have my eye on a few. One style that I’m surprisingly drawn to this year is the one-piece. I’m usually not a huge fan, but lately one-piece swimsuits have started to look less like my church camp days and more like something I would voluntarily wear and not throw a fit about. Here’s a few options I’m loving right now:

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This Kate Spade Saturday Cut-Out swimsuit in Strata Stripe is a great, updated one-piece. I love the cut-outs, and especially the open back. The pattern is also one of my favorites this summer- it’s so bright and fun!

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I also love this JCrew colorbock bandeau swimsuit. I like the simple shape, but the colorblock trim adds some interest- not to mention it’s very flattering!

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This Clover Canyon Robot Flamingo suit from Piperlime could be my favorite! I love the bold print, and the high neckline and racerback are very unexpected.

What do you think about one-piece swimsuits this summer? Let me know!

Today, I’m linking up with Zelle from A Southern Style, Kristina from Medicine & Manicures, Katie from Champagne & Suitcases, and Amanda from As the Wine Cork Turns for #TrendingTuesday- head over and see what’s trendy this Tuesday!

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Monday’s Musings

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Here we go- another week! It was a great weekend and I’m not sure if I’m ready for Monday… but it’s upon us nonetheless. I’m going to keep it short and sweet today with a quote that I love and really identify with.

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Patience is something I’m not very good at- unless I know exactly what’s coming, and I’m okay with it. While that might not be the best quality, I think it also means that I’m someone who will work hard to make things what I want them to be. It’s important to understand that some things in life take both patience and hard work- things like school, making friends, and learning the ropes at a new job. So this week, like Margaret, I’m striving to be patient and work towards the things I want. It might not be fun now, but it will definitely pay off in the end.

I hope everyone has a great week!

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