Kanye…The Creative Genius

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Remember when Kanye shocked the world when he said “For me to say I’m not a creative genius I’d be lying to you and myself”? (insert obligatory eye roll here) He is such a doof. Anyways, it’s just still absolutely hilarious to me, all I can do is laugh about it. And…I’m so glad I’m the only one who finds pure joy in the most ridiculous quote ever. My good friends at Arsenic and Lace found so much joy they made an amazing tee with the quote on it. Could I pass that up? Heavens no.

This tee is just a small example of the totally creative and unique tees that they have in their shop. They “aren’t into rules” and thats exactly what I love most about them. From Gilmore Girls (I mean really, I can’t get enough) to Kanye, this shop has it all. If you are looking for a tee that doesn’t have the typical sayings on it (does “I woke up like this” ring a bell?), then look no further, Arsenic and Lace is your place (I totally didn’t mean to rhyme, but I’m not changing it). The icing on the cake is that the fit on this tee is totally on point, baggy enough but still flattering and comfy as ever. I am absolutely in love with it.

Annnnd of course I have a coupon code for you! Enter in “whitj10” for ten percent off your whole order for the next TWO WEEKS. 

Tee: Arsenic and Lace // Leggings: Victorias Secret // Flannel Shirt: H&M // Shoes: Target

P.S this outfit got me SO excited for Fall. Is anyone else out there a fall nut like I am? Fall fashion is my absolute fave, I wished it lasted all year.

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Frugal Friday // Week 4 + Styling a Simple White Tee

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I don’t know about you but sometimes, especially in the summer, I just want to be COMFY and feel like I don’t have to tug on this and tug on that to look like I have it all together (I know you feel me). This outfit is so simple, so casual, and so comfy. The main piece? A simple white tee.

This tee is from the amazing Ellis and Company. Guys, this company is going to be super involved with my Frugal Friday series because they have the most amazing prices! I just can’t get enough of them.

A tee that is almost an exact replica is currently being sold at Nordstrom from $72.00, you can find it here. Its at Ellis and Company for $27 (holy amazing price difference!) and I’m in love with it. The quality is extremely durable and so soft. Plus, I have a coupon code for you! I swear giving you coupon codes it my absolute favorite thing. Use “Whit20” for 20% off your whole order at Ellis and Company! The this top will end up being $21 with the code, holy cow!

The beautiful necklace is from Larae Boutique, yes the same boutique that I got that beautiful gold and white clutch from in my Summer Date Night Look post. The necklace is only $5 with coupon code “whitj10” for 10% off anything in their shop! 

The head wrap is from my favorite head wrap company, Moxie and Threads use code “whitjmoxie” for 20% off, this is an ongoing coupon code, remember to find all of my ongoing coupon codes on my “Coupon Code” page.

Now for the price breakdown:

Headwrap: $7 from Moxie and Threads use code “whitjmoxie” for 20% off your whole purchase. (make sure to sign up for Ebates to get money back on your purchase at Etsy!)

Sunglasses: $6 at J Crew Sale semiannual at the Outlets at Traverse mountain, they were half off and then another %25. (make sure to sign up for Ebates to get money back on your purchase at J Crew online)

White Tee: $21 at Ellis and Company with code “Whit20” for 20% off your whole purchase. 

Necklace: $5 at Larae Boutique with code “whitj10” for 10% off anything in their shop!

Jeans: $25 from Target (use the Red Card for 5% off your purchase, also make sure to use Ebates to get cash back for your purchase at Target!)

Cutest Sandals Ever: $15 on GroopDealz, an amazing site that brings you incredible deals on a daily basis. I got these sandals for over half off from them!

Total: $79

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5 Fashion Items Worth The Investment + Where To Find Them Cheaper

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I have been working on this post for you for a very long time. As you know, I am all about achieving beauty on a budget. However, I do understand that sometimes it’s necessary to buy items that are better quality because in the long run it actually saves you money. I put a lot of thought and research in this one for you so that I could get my top 5 “worth the investment” items that I can’t live without…but where you can find them for cheaper. Because lets face it, I am still ALWAYS looking for a good deal. This post is a little lengthy, I apologize. I promise it will be worth your while :).

Before you read: I talk a lot about Ebates throughout this whole post. Ebates is an incredible company that give you cash back (for real) for whatever you buy on a ton of websites (I mention some of my favorite in this post). Click here to get set up. Be sure to use Ebates when shopping online, and coupons . If you don’t have a coupon, google one! I rarely ever buy online without a coupon, they are so easy to find.

5. Nude or Black Pumps– lets face it, every girl needs a nice nude or black pump.  IMG_0907

WHY their worth the investment: Both of those colors go with everything and for those long days at work or weddings, its nice to know that you have a good comfy pair that won’t break your toes off….we’ve all been there. Being uncomfortable and grumpy because you feel like your feet are about the explode is not the way to go.

WHERE to find them cheaper: Lauren Conrad has a fantastic line sold at Kohl’s (3% cash back through Ebates), I bought two pairs- one black (pictured), one tan- of her peep toe booties about a year ago and I never want to take them off. They give me an excuse to wear heels because they are literally just as comfy as flip flops. They were originally $59 but I bought them with a 30% off coupon so they were about $40. Kohls is always… and I mean ALWAYS having sales. So keep an eye on them and snag up a pair of Lauren Conrad shoes, they are comfy and will last you forever; worth the investment for sure….and these nude pumps are just fun to stare at.

4. Purse– Having at least one nice purse that will last you a years is definitely the way to go.IMG_0805

WHY its worth the investment: I found that I would get these cheap little $10 purses and two months later the silky inside would have a hole in it and I would have to buy a new one, not worth it! If I buy a purse that is a little bit nicer and a neutral color that goes with everything, I treat it better and it stays cleaner (maybe thats just me?)

WHERE to find it cheaper: purses can be so expensive. I am not one to fork out over $50 on any one item… ever so my experience on this one has been trial and error. My favorite high end quality purses, for not high end prices are from H&M. I have two purses (one of them is pictured) from there and the quality amazes me. I have had one of them for over two years now. The purses I have bought from there you can find here and they are $39. However, H&M is constantly having sales, online and in store so sign up for their email list and keep an eye on their sales, I guarantee you can get it for cheaper.

3. Perfume- I love delicious smells! I am such a sucker for a good smell on me and my hubs. But for most of my life I have always bought the cheap “perfume” or opted for the body sprays.Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 11.07.05 AM

WHY its worth the investment:  I hate to say it but the real stuff really does work ten times better. It lasts way longer and smells way better. When I was hooked on the cheap stuff (about $10-$20 bucks a bottle) I would go through an entire bottle in a couple of months, using it day after day, hour after hour because it just wore off. Now, I buy the real stuff and replace it once a year, maybe even once every 18 months, depending. My favorite smell ever is Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture.

WHERE to find it cheaper: For Christmas this past year my hubs got me my favorite Viva La Juicy from retailer Fragrancenet.com (4% cash back through Ebates), a 3.4 oz. for around $40, over half off. Shop around, there are tons of stores that carry perfume and cologne at discounted prices, Sephora (8% cash back through Ebates!), and Perfume.com to name a few.

2. Sterling Silver Ring Or Any Special Jewelry: I am a sucker for personalized jewelry. I love looking at it and having it remind me of something or someone that I care about. Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 11.12.05 AM

WHY its worth the investment: If I am buying special jewelry or any ring that I will be wearing more than once, (for fear of green fingers) I always buy sterling silver, not silver plated, the real stuff. If I opt for the $5 ring from Claire’s, in about a week I will be sad because my jewelry is ruined and my finger is green.

WHERE to find it cheaper: Believe it or not, there are so many Etsy (2% cash back through Ebates) shops that sell Sterling Silver jewelry for absolute steals! I have had this exact sterling silver heart ring for almost three years with AJ and I’s initials engraved not he front. I wear it every single day and it still hasn’t worn out or turned my finger green. Its only $18. Amazon is also another fantastic place to get sterling silver jewelry for cheap.

1. Leggings– I don’t know about you but I wear my black leggings way too many times each week than I am willing to admit to you at this moment. I lounge in them, go out in them, play in them, clean in them, etc. DSC_0119

WHY its worth their worth the investment: If I skimp on my leggings and get the $5 pair of Walmart, there will be, without a doubt, a whole in the crotch within a month. Then I’ll have to buy some more and it turns into this vicious cycle of buying leggings and before I know it I have spent $40 dollars on numerous pairs that I don’t even like.

WHERE to find them cheaper: I got my favorite pair of black leggings over a year and a half ago and they are still in perfect shape. I got them from Victoria’s Secret for about $34, originally $64, I waited until I saw them on sale and used my $10 off any purchase birthday coupon (sign up for this if you haven’t already!). However, I just looked online and found them on clearance for $29.99 here! Buying these leggings and having them last you years is so worth $30, so worth it!

So tell me your thoughts, what are your favorite fashion items that you think are worth the investment?

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My Favorite Modesty Hacks // How to Make Pretty Much Any Top Modest

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This midi dress is from Aro and Company (enter in “WHITJ10” for 10% off your whole purchase) and it’s what dreams are made of, the material is soft, not constricting and the length is amazing. I absolutely fell in love with it from the second that I saw it! The back if it is one of the best parts; its so unique, it dips low and has a strap across the shoulder blades (pictured below). However, because of my stand on modesty I had to do a little modesty hack in order to wear this dress. Which is what brings me to one of my favorite topics; modesty hacks.

If your shirt is sleeveless, dips too low in the front or the back, or is sheer; half tees are your answer! These tees are amazing, they will cover just the right amount for you to be modest and the best part is that it won’t add bulk to your outfit as it only covers half of your torso.

Another option for sleeveless shirts are to wear a cardigan over it, you can see one of my favorite tank- cardigan layered looks here. Or my favorite option; layer it with a kimono! You can see how I layered one of my favorite sleeveless tops with a kimono here.

I will be doing another segment soon about my favorite modestly hacks for skirts and dresses that are too short. There are so many options out there and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Midi Dress: Aro and Company (enter in “WHITJ10” for 10% off your whole purchase) // Kimono: Coral Reef Swim // Hat and Shoes: Target // Half Tee: Half Tee

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Frugal Friday // Week 2 + Tulle, Floral, and Graphic Tees

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Here is my Week 2 Frugal Friday look. I am so excited about this look because not only was it SO fun to put together but in total from head to toe it’s $58 dollars! This is such a fun summer outfit, how could you go wrong with tulle, floral, and graphic tees? Not to mention that this tee is from the Lemon Tee Shop, one of the cutest specialty tee shops that I know of! Ready for the best part? I have a 20% off code for you to use to get your own adorable graphic tee! Use “WHITJ20” for 20% off any tee at the Lemon Tee Shop. They have kids and men tees as well!

Shirt: $30 Lemon Tee Shop (with 20% off code “WHITJ20)

Tulle Skirt: $10 Ruby Bloom (I can’t find them on their site anymore but here is a similar one on their site and I saw other similar ones at BB Styled Boutique they also have these same tulle skirts on Jane.com often!)

Shoes: $13 Target (buy one get one 1/2 off sale, plus 5% off with my Red Card)

Bag: $5 Fashion Corner (from the Fashion Corner Warehouse sale a few weeks ago, they had items for DIRT cheap, I even got shoes for as low as $5. They do these warehouse sales often so keep an eye on their Instagram and you can see when their next one is).

Total= $58 

All of these fab pics were taken by Ashley Eliza Photography make sure to enter my giveaway to win a mini photo session with her!

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It’s Our Lucky Day!

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This dress is the “Our Lucky Day” dress from Perle Market. It’s so comfy and beautiful but the best part is that it can easily be dressed up or dressed down. Here is have it dressed up but put on some flip flops or canvas shoes and boom! You have it perfectly dressed down. It could also be easily used as a swimsuit cover up. The list goes on and on for the uses of this dress.

Remember to enter in code “whitjxoxo” for 10% off any order at Perle Market and don’t forget to enter my $5o giveaway to their shop, today is the last day to enter!

Hat- H&M // Shoes- Kohl’s // Necklace- Target // Clutch- Magnolia Mill 

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Love Is Like A Pineapple

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Sweet and undefinable…. That is the saying on this shirt from Perl Market. How cute is that?? Pineapple and graphic tees with catchy sayings on them are all the rage this year, this tank combined the two for a match made in heaven! As you know, I love Perle market, they have so many trendy things for fabulous prices, PLUS if you enter in code “whitjxoxo” you get 10% off anything in their shop and that code never expires :).

They also just got in a whole bunch of new arrivals that I am swooning over! Be sure to check out the giveaway on my Instagram with Perle Market for a $50 gift card to their shop! Happy shopping!

Hat, shoes, sunglasses- Target // Shorts- Charlotte Russe ($10) // Cardigan- Cotton On

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Frugal Friday! Full Outfits and Accessories under $100 // Week 1

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Today I start “Frugal Friday” series and I am so excited about it! I have some great companies lined up to be a part of this series, I promise that you will not be disappointed. Every Friday I will be showing you how you can create a kill outfit for under $100, sometimes even under $50.

Beauty on a budget is really important to me, here’s why: My hubs and I just graduated from college this past April. Being college students, paying for our education, and working part time didn’t give me much wiggle room for new and/or expensive clothes. However, I have a passion for fashion that I (or my poor hubs) can’t ignore. So, I had to find a way to still appease my passion but stay within a budget. I started to search out deals everywhere I went (or shopped on line). If I didn’t have coupon for it or it wasn’t a certain percentage off then I wouldn’t buy it. I still found a way to stay on trend. Believe it or not it is possible and in this series I am going to show you how!

Here are the outfit deets:

Kimono: $23 Jane.com from vendor Three Brunettes Boutique

Flowey top: $12 Jane.com from vendor Stella B. Clothing

Pants: $22 from Target (with $5 off coupon from their weekly ad and my Red Debit card, saves you 5% every time you shop no matter what and the best part is that its not a credit card 🙂

Shoes: $20 from Target (shoe sale, buy one get one half off. They do this promotion often. But I just saw this exact pair there for under $19 right now!)

Clutch: $5 from Magnolia Mill (this company is seriously amazing she ALWAYS offers free shipping on everything and several times a WEEK she posts deals for $5 off your order or 20% off your order, etc. I got this clutch over half off on one of her sales, it’s originally $12 which is still an amazing price!)

Bar Necklace: $8 Three Chicks Couture (with 30% off coupon, the shop owner is amazing, she posts deals all of the time! If you see something you love in her shop chances are she will be posting a coupon code soon and you can snag it up then!)

Bracelets: $4 from Target (off of their sale rack by the accessories, they put things there after them being on the shelf for like a month so if you see something you love for full price, wait a few weeks and you will find it on the sale rack for 50% -or more- off).

Sunglasses: $5 from Forever 21

Total Price= $99

Please let me know if Frugal Friday is helpful! What are some of your tips for being fashionable on a budget? I would love to hear! Thanks for reading :).

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Tribal Prints For The Win + Leggings Giveaway

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This tribal print top from Olivia Wares was so easy to style, I fell in love with it from the second I saw it. It has just the right amount of tribal print and just the right about of detail. Not to mention it is so comfy, long, and flattering. It’s length makes it the perfect leggings tunic; and because I basically live in leggings and midi dresses, you can imagine my excitement! Remember to take advantage of 40% off at Olivia Wares with code “whitneyj” at checkout, its good until this Sunday, July 12th. 

I am also doing a leggings giveaway on my Instagram, one lucky winner will win a pair of Olivia Wares leggings. You can see how I styled these leggings in my previous post! Here’s how to enter:

1. Follow @_whit_j (that’s me!) on Instagram and @sage.oliviawares

2. Tag one friend per comment in the comments on my picture, more friends for additional entries.

3. Repost the picture with hashtag #whitjoliviawaresgiveaway for an extra 5 entries {not mandatory for entering the giveaway}.

Enter, enter, enter :).  The giveaway will go from Tuesday July 7- Friday July 10, winner announced Saturday. Good luck!!

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You Better Believe I Wear Olivia Wares

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I recently found this company through Instagram called Olivia Wares they have beautiful, unique, fashion finds in their boutique and I truly enjoy browsing their shop… I do if often.

In this perfectly cool and fun summery outfit I am featuring their floral leggings. Guys, these leggings are as soft as butter and (as you can see) I am a girl with curves and these have plenty of stretch to perfectly cover my curves. I didn’t feel like I was bursting out of them AT ALL (which is not that easy to find when it comes to leggings and my bod).

Ready for the best parts? I am giving away one pair of leggings from Olivia Wares this week so stay tuned for the details on that. ALSO, I’m all about beauty on a budget so I have a killer 40% off coupon code for you to use on anything in their shop! Enter in code “whitneyj” but act quick because this is only good through this Sunday 7/12. UPDATE: Code is working now :). Happy Shopping! I hope you love Olivia Wares as much as I do :).

Shoes, sunglasses, chambray wrap- Target, Grey boyfriend tee- Kohl’s

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