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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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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Summer is HOT// My Tips On Staying Cool

IMG_0720-1 This Summer has been the hottest Summer in Utah for a very long time. Now, I am a huge fan of Summer time (who in the right mind isn’t??) but when it’s this hot this early into Summer, it definitely make things interesting. I am going to share with you how I stay cool without sacrificing style or modesty. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and we believe in being modest, especially after we have been endowed in the Temple (even though that is what I believe, it totally doesn’t mean I don’t love you all the same if you don’t feel the same way… I promise!). Thus, I have always had a hard time when Summer came because its so HOT and when it’s so hot the only way to cool down is to wear less…right? WRONG! Here are my tips on how: Skirts, dresses, and sandals, oh my! 1. Dresses- I LIVE in skirts and dresses in the summer time. Lately I have been obsessed with Baseball tee dresses. There are so many amazing midi dresses out there that are so comfy and so BREEZY. Yes breezy, I feel way cooler in a midi dress than I even do in capris. Sometimes I have the problem with dresses not being quite long enough, when I run into this problem I always size up. More baggy and less fitted is definitely in right now so its a win win 🙂 Here are links to some of my favorite summer breezy dresses: Moxie and Threads (remember to enter in “whitjmoxie” for 20% off your purchase) Mindy Mae’s Market, and Sonnet JamesIMG_0637 IMG_0824 IMG_0634 2. Sandals… let yo feet breathe!! Lets also talk about how amazing sandals look with skirts and dresses. Here are some of my very favorite sandals right now: PS I Adore You, Target (they have a promo going on right now, save 20% on shoes and accessories), and Piper and Scoot 3. Skirts with graphic tees, lets be honest here… graphic tees are all the rage and I am SO HAPPY ABOUT IT! Just like dresses, skirts give you that easy breezy feeling in this summer heat. It is the perfect way to stay nice and cool. Graphic tees are so cute and are completely effortless, you honestly can’t go wrong with a graphic tee. Add a graphic tee to any skirt and I promise that you will be rocking it. Here are some of my favorite summer skirts: Modest Pop, and Laurel Sherbert (you know getting two for one is like my favorite thing…look at these skirts and you will totally know why I love them. Enter in code “SUMMER15” for 20% off your purchase). Now for some of my favorite graphic tees: Arsenic and Lace, and Sweet T’s Design. IMG_0591IMG_0812 4. McDonalds Diet coke….nuff said- keep yourself hydrated! I know this isn’t fashion related but I think my veins bleed diet coke so I had to add it in here :). I would LOVE to hear how you stay cool in the Summer, comment below and let me know! Thanks for reading! FullSizeRender

Pink, Tulle, and Floral // Getting the Most Out of Your Purchases

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My outfit today involves three of my favorite things; pink, tulle, and floral. These three are such a great combination together, you really just can’t go wrong. You might recognize this shirt from one of my previous posts a few back called Laid Back Summer  Lovin! In that post I styled this shirt very casually. But this time around I styled it fancy. Which brings me to the topic of how to make the very most out of your purchases.

I am not, nor will I ever be, the type of blogger who buys prada and wears Louis Vuitton, there is absolutely nothing wrong with those designers but I am just not a designer type. When I buy, I buy for style (of course) but I also buy for versatility. My hubs and I have a budget we set each month and I stay within that budget, even as I blog. In order to do this I look for pieces to buy that I know I can wear at least two different ways, like this shirt. If I can’t wear it two different ways then I rarely buy it…unless I am in LOVE with it and in that case…well you know what that case is :).

This shirt is from White Plum right now you can get 40% off your order of $40 or more by entering in code “AMERICAN BEAUTY”

What are your tricks for style on a budget? I would love to hear from you! I am always looking for new ideas. Thanks for reading!

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Shirt: White Plum, Skirt: Ruby Bloom Boutique, Sunglasses and Shoes: Target, Clutch: Magnolia Mill,

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Stripes on Stripes

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Stripes on stripes and I am totally okay with it. This outfit it ultimate comfort and cute/summery to top it off, could it get any better? Na.

Here are the outfit deets, my amazing head wrap from Moxie and Threads, I posted about them before and I still can’t get enough. Those head wraps are unlike anything else! Remember to enter in code “whitjmoxie” to get 20% off your purchase! She also just started selling the most amazing baseball sleeve dresses, of course I got one and will be featuring it on here sometimes soon so stay tuned :).

Now for this comfy, flowey tee. Its from Perle Market and oh so comfy! It’s also on sale right now for $15.57. But you can get it for even cheaper than that when you enter in code “whitjxoxo” to get 10% off your purchase from them 

Pants are from Mindy Mae’s Market and shoes and necklace are from Target.

Make sure to enter my $25 gift card giveaway and my HUGE brow package giveaway going on right now!

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La Belle Vie $25 GIVEAWAY!

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I’ve teamed up with one of my favorite shops, La Belle Vie, to give you a $25 gift card to their shop! As you know, I love their clothes. They are unique, flattering, fun, and fantastic quality. One lucky winner will get $25 shop credit to their shop, here’s how to enter:

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

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

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

4. There is also a chance to enter on here, you get 5 entries by doing these two things: 1. Follow my blog 2. In the comments, tell me what your favorite item from their shop is.

5. OPTIONAL! For an additional 10 entries, reblog this post 🙂.

The giveaway will go from today, Thursday, June 25- Sunday, June 28, winner announced on Monday! So ENTER ENTER ENTER!!!

Remember you can get 25% off anything in their shop by entering in “whitjoxo” until July 15th! 

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{Week 4} BIG Brow Package GIVEAWAY!

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So as you know, I am a huge fan of dramatic, natural looking brows, they are such an important part of your makeup routine. So Seventy7 Cosmetics and I are giving away to one lucky winner a brow package. So you can also create your own natural looking beautiful brows! Here are the products included in the brow package, Angled Brow Brush, Brow Gel, and Duo Brow Powder. Here’s how you can enter:

1. Follow @_whit_j (that’s me!) on Instagram and @seventy7cosmetics

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

3. Repost the picture with hashtag #whitjseventy7giveaway for an extra 5 entries {not mandatory for entering the giveaway}.

4. There is also a chance to enter on here you get 5 entries by doing these two things: 1. Follow my blog 2. In the comments, tell me what your favorite brow secret/product is (if you don’t have one then tell me which product of Seventy7 Cosmetics you are dying to try).

5. OPTIONAL! For an additional 10 entries, reblog this post :).

The giveaway will go from today, Tuesday, June 23- Saturday, June 27, winner announced on Sunday! So ENTER ENTER ENTER!!! This brow package is amazing and worth over $50.

Linked below is my brow tutorial so you can see how I used all of the products that you might win in my brow routine. Remember, Seventy7 Cosmetics is also offering free shipping for all of my followers! Enter in code “WHITJFREESHIP”.

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Never Enough Floral

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There really is no such thing as enough floral in my book. I really wouldn’t mind wearing it every day… and I just about do. It’s one of those things that makes my day brighter… like chocolate. Thus, my conclusion, wearing floral is very similar to eating chocolate 🙂

I got this beautiful floral tee from my fave La Belle Vie. I love this tee because you can dress it up or dress it down and its floral… need I say more? They only have a few left in stock so RUN on over and grab yourself one of these beauties! Remember you can get 25% off by entering in “whitjoxo” until July 15th. 

My pants are from Mindy Mae’s Market…yes this is like the tenth time I have styled them, they are absolute perfection. Keep an eye out on their Instagram for great deals and flash sales going on all the time! Sweater- Taipan Trading, Shoes-Target

Thanks for reading!!

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The Beautiful Amelia Dress

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Some more LuLaRoe lovin coming your way! This dress is so comfy, so flattering, the perfect length and hugs you in the most perfect places…. Just like all of the other LuLaRoe dresses that I have bought :).

Now more about this clutch, it’s from the amazing Magnolia Mill shop and it comes in four different colors. It is the perfect size and also has a strap that can be hidden or you can pull it out if you want to wear it on your shoulder… the best part? It’s only 12.00+ free shipping. Such a steal!

Also, everything on my face is from Seventy7 Cosmetics, make sure to check out my tutorials section for how I used their makeup in several different ways. I am also doing an Instagram giveaway for their lipgloss so head on over to my Insta to enter 🙂

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Head Wrap Heaven

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I think that I found my favorite summer outfit. Not only is it comfy, it’s colorful, cute, and perfectly summery! This past weekend I went to St. George with my hubs (I’ll be posting about that soon) and I wore this outfit two separate times… haha go ahead and judge! It’s that amazing.

Here are the deets, my pants are my new favorite pair of pants, perfect fit, perfect distressed look, they have it all. They are from Mindy Mae’s Market, also the fit is perfectly true to size. This perfect pineapple shirt is from Sweet T’s Design, pineapples are all the rage this year. This shirt is so soft and has such a slouchy fit, which I enjoy very much! Lastly, my head wrap is AMAZING and from this adorable Etsy shop called Moxi and Threads. I am honesty 100% amazed with the fit and feel of these wraps, they are quality made. Headwrap’s in the past were a 4-5 hour maximum for me, they would start to hurt my head so bad and give me headaches. Not Moxi and Threads head wraps, I have worn them all day long and several days in a row with absolutely no pain or headaches.

Here’s the best part! I have a coupon code for Moxi and Threads so that you can experience head wrap heaven too! Enter in “whitjmoxie” for 20% off your purchase. Happy shopping!

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