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Budgetnista: Shopping On A Budget

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Shopping on a budget can feel like sleeping on hardwood floors, it can be done, but it’s no fun!

Who else loves to go window shopping knowing you can’t afford anything you’re looking at?! This is my life about 99% of the time. I’m the girl that will stare at a pair of $1,500 YSL pumps and know I can never bring them home. My husband on the other hand only ever looks at what he can afford. I literally get energized looking at high-end items, but then I get smart and look for the knock-off/less expensive version. Shopping on a budget can be hard at times, but it can also be very, very rewarding.

Friend, don’t sleep on those knock-off YSL boots or the Aldo quilted bag, they are just as beautiful as the quilted Chanel bag and you don’t have to eat ramen noodles of two months after buying them. However, if you can afford the Chanel bag, please slide in my DM and ship one to me (LOL). This post will talk about shopping on a budget and recreate this look for waaaaayyyyy less.

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When shopping on a budget, you can’t worry about labels. Labels are exactly that, Labels. Sometimes you can buy an off-brand items that’s even better than it’s more expensive counterpart. We can’t worry about what people think because your shoes aren’t red bottoms or or purse isn’t an expensive brand…if you like it, buy it! This outfit is from Sax Fifth and cost over a thousand dollars (I DID NOT BUY IT BUT IT WAS PULLED FOR THIS SHOOT).

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Theory Pink Velvet Blazer: $495.00

Theory Belted Cigarette Pants: $395.00

Alice + Olivia Classic Tee: $125.00

Now, this look is amazing but if you don’t have that kind of money to spend on only one outfit, you can find a similar look for more than half the price. Another thing to remember when shopping on a budget is be ready to look. Search online, in different stores and don’t be afraid to take the picture of the item to the store and ask if they have something similar to it.

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The last thing to remember when shopping on a  budget is to STICK TO THAT BUDGET! When you get out there you will se a lot of tempting options, but make a budget and don’t stray away from it. I like to take the exact amount of cash I plan on spending or put the exact amount on my Regions Now Card. That way, I can’t spend what I don’t physically have. Also, don’t be afraid to thrift or visit Plato’s closet for great second-hand items. I hope this post was helpful in some way and let me know if you decide to recreate this look. Check out my last post on inexpensive dresses for the holidays HERE!

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Cyber Monday: Deals for the Smart Shopper

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“Hey You, your shopping salvation is here and I’m talking about all the Cyber Monday Deals for the smart shopper”

Well, Thanksgiving and Black Friday have come and gone and now it’s time of the us house-birds to put on our bathrobe, slip on our slippers and pull out that computer. IT’S CYBER MONDAY Y’ALL! I do most of my shopping online so I live for Cyber Monday deals. One of my favorite online stores, of course, is Amazon. Every year, Amazon begins previewing their Cyber-Monday deals super early so you can get an idea of what you would like to purchase. This post delves into the best Cyber Monday deals for the smart shopper.

In this post, Cyber Monday deals for the smart shopper, I want to give you some ideas on what shops have cyber Monday deals and how to make sure you hit the right ones at the right time. The BIG deal about cyber Monday is to try and buy your BIG ticket items at a low price before they sell out. Most of Amazon’s high ticket items will sell out before Monday even begins. Here are some shops that are selling these high-end items such as Televisions, Video game consoles and computers for a great discounted price.

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CYBER MONDAY DEALS FOR THE SMART SHOPPER

Samsung 58-inch 4k Smart LED HDTV: $598 (usually 799.00)

RCA Galileo Pro Computer: $79.98 (usually 179.99)

Xbox One S (500GB): $189.00 (usually 279.96)

Greenlife 18pc Non-stick Cookware: $49.00 (usually 89.99)

 

Those are just a few Cyber Monday Deals of the smart shopper. Another store, which I already talked about was Amazon:

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Amazon Echo Dot: $29.99 (usually $49.99)

Fire 7 Tablet: $29.99 (usually 49.99)

WearEver 15pc Cookware set: $34.99 (usually 49.99)

Belkin Powerhouse Iphone/Apple Watch Charging Station: $69.50 (usually 99.99)

Kate Spade Small Square Studs: $26.60 (usually 38.00)

Anne Klein Black and Gold Diamond Watch: $75.00

Invicta Men’s stainless steel watch: $55.29 (usually 285.00)

Invicta Women’s Pro Diver Watch: $36.75 (usually 195)

Nine West Tyrell Pumps: $62.30

Aldo Theang Handbag: $38.50 (usually 55.00)

Versace Cologne for Men: $37.49

Vera Wang Princess Perfume: $19.54 (usually $22.99)

Alpha Industries Men’s Bomber Jacket: $83.99 (usually 125.00)

FYI I just bought the Invicta watch for my hubby (lol)! Now for the people who just want good clothing, there are a lot of online stores offering great cyber Monday deals for the smart shopper:

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-Offering 20% off select items with promo code CYBER at checkout: CLICK HERE

 

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-Offering $10 off $50 or more spent in the Home Department: CLICK HERE

-Offering 20% off with promo code BUYNOW20

 

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-Offering Lots of great BOGO coupons. CLICK HERE

 

 

CYBER MONDAY DEALS FOR THE SMART SHOPPER

 

-Offering deals from Mac computers to appliances: CLICK HERE

 

 

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-Offering 21% off with promo code CYBER 21: CLICK HERE

 

 

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-Offering 60% off everything: CLICK HERE

-Offering BOGO sales on some items

 

Cyber Monday Deals for the smart shopper wouldn’t be complete without links to options for the kids. The Children’s Place has their whole site 60-70% off. CLICK HERE to go directly to their site. The Gap has great deals on adult and children clothing for Cyber Monday and you can use promo code TREAT for 10% off your purchase.

Don’t forget about my post on the best gifts for men this holiday season. Jordwatches is also having a cyber Monday deal and you can read all about it HERE. You can also sign up for a 20% off coupon HERE for any Jordwatch you want to purchase. These watches are great gifts for both men and women during the holiday season.

I hope this post on great Cyber Monday deals for you the smart shopper helped you in some way. The best time to shop is when you know you can get a good deal…so, get to shopping.

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Party Like A Rockstar: Inexpensive Dresses for the Holidays

“Inexpensive Dresses for the Holidays is the theme of this show…stay tuned!”

Listen Linda, I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving was a working holiday for me. For the first time in years, I didn’t spend it with my family but I was in Atlanta working with Macy’s. It was amazing but I definitely missed all the love, food and family and hopefully next year i’ll be with them for Thanksgiving. However, I did enjoy two big plates the next day and I did get to enjoy Black Friday shopping with the masses. How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was amazing. Now, that this holiday is over, It’s time to get ready for Christmas and all those awesome Christmas parties. This post will give you insight into some of the hottest trends of the season, and you can shop some of the best inexpensive dresses for the holidays.

One of the biggest trends of this season is crushed velvet clothing. I have seen so many celebrities wearing this trend and rocking it very well. I styled a velvet dress I got from Dillards with a pair of velvet, fuchsia, open-toe chunky heels and a velvet cropped jacket to on top of the dress. I finished off the look with a staple fuchsia Adachic Design quilted holiday clutch. This look was so easy to put together and is perfect for any holiday party that you get invited to attend.

inexpensive dresses for the holidaysCrushed velvet is so beautiful and will have you standing out at any holiday party you attend. This dress was very inexpensive and I am linking some other beautiful inexpensive crushed velvet dresses for the holidays down below.

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Inexpensive dresses for the holidays and holiday party can come in a lot of colors but one you need to try is the color RED. Pick a bright red dress and you will be sure to wow as soon as you enter the room. You can always top the look off with a solid black coat or a piece of fur for a little drama.

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Another great trend and inexpensive option is a comfortable but on-trend sweater dress. An embellished or off-shoulder sweater dress can be very sophisticated and a great option to wear to any occasion.

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When it comes to inexpensive dresses for the holidays, pick the one that’s not only comfortable but the one you know you’ll wear even after the holidays. These dresses would fit just about any occasion and event. Now, the last trend I want to show you is the glitter-bomb/shimmer party dress. This is for the girl that knows she just has to be the knockout when she enters the room (ummm that’s me).

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All these inexpensive dresses for the holidays are under $50.00, easy to wear and easy on the eyes. They will have you standing out at every holiday party.

Give these inexpensive dresses for the holidays a try and see what a statement you’ll make wearing them. Remember today is Small Business Saturday so visit your local boutiques and shops and spend some cash. Small businesses are the backbone of your communities and cities and they deserve all the support they can get. I am wearing a purse from a local business owner in Montgomery, Alabama. I did a blog post about them and you can read about it and shop their bags HERE. Have a good rest of your weekend and let me know what you think of this look.

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Shoephile: My New Favorite Shoes

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“My new favorite shoes should be in your cart and ready to go home with you!”

Let’s talk about my favorite new shoe shape called the D’orsay pump. I first fell in love with this shape when I purchased my pair of red Jessica Simpson pumps. A pump is considered D’orsay if one side or both sides is cut away to reveal the arch of the foot, and the vamp is very close to the toe box. Y’all, this shape is so gorgeous, feminine and easy to wear. I am a definite Shoephile and this blog is all about my new favorite shoes.

I bought my new favorite shoes almost two years ago and they are still as beautiful and comfortable to walk in as the day I bought them. These Jessica Simpson D’orsay heels are made of fine cow hairs in a cheetah print. I paired my new favorite shoes with a nude skirt, a faux leather jacket, and a bright orange H&M sweater. This look is effortless and perfect for a date night or a night out on the town. For colder climates, a pair of stockings would go perfectly with this look.
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my new favorite shoes

With all of this nude and leopard, I wanted to break it up with a bright POP of color. My bright red H&M rib knit sweater did the trick. This sweater will be in heavy rotation all winter long. It’s not only comfortable and warm but the color is amazing and the material is breathable. One rule I like to implement when wearing this girly D’orsay shoe cut is to add a masculine touch to it. Whenever I wear this shoe cut, I try and implement some sort of leather to off set the hyper femininity of the heels. That’s just my rule but you can make up your own rule once you get your pair of my new favorite shoes.

So, what do you think about my new favorite shoes and this whole look. Are you a fan of the shoe cut or do you like a traditional pump? I hope this look inspired you to go and play in your closet and come up with something similar. You can always shop this look and tag houseofodara on FB for a repost.

Click HERE to shop the best gifts for men this holiday season.

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Worthy: How Do You Measure Your Self Worth?

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“How do you measure your self worth?”

Take a minute and answer this question to yourself. Really, stop reading and answer it. If someone put you in a room and told you to write down how you measure YOUR self-worth, what would you put down on that piece of paper? Is it based off your looks, your intellect, your accomplishments, the opinions of others, the amount of twitter and Facebook followers you have? How do you measure your self worth? The minute you find out the answer, hold on to it and it’s discuss it.

There is the parable about a old man who gave his son a precious ring. He told his son to take it to the market and take no less than one gold coin for the ring. The young man went to every market and every vendor and they all laughed him away and told him he was crazy and that the ring was only worth 5 silver coins. He went home disappointed and told his father he had failed. His father then told him to go to a an expert jeweler and find out the value of the ring but NOT to sell it for any reason. 

How do you measure your self worth?

The young man went to the jeweler and gave him the ring. The jeweler looked it over and offered the young man 50 gold coins. The young man was so surprised he could only stare at the jeweler. The jeweler then offered 70 gold coins and promised even more if the young man would agree and sell it right away. The son picked up his ring and went home to the father surprised and confused by jeweler’s offers. He told his father the news and his father laughed and said, “Son you can’t expect the fools at the markets and in the streets to ever know the worth of something as priceless as this jewel. Only an expert will ever know it’s true value.” Now, How do you measure your self worth? Is it the street value or the value of an expert evaluator?

This story is exactly what is happening in the world we live in. We look everywhere else for self-worth except at the two experts: God who created you, and yourself. We look at “role models” like Kim Kardashian or Nikki Minaj and when our body, face, hair or life doesn’t line up, we lose a little bit of self-esteem. When we see others doing better than us in life, on their jobs, in their families, we lose a little bit of self-esteem. Without even knowing, we are unconsciously measuring ourselves against a standard that was never meant for us. So, Let me ask again, how do you measure your self worth?

How do you measure your self worth?

If the measuring rod for YOUR self worth isn’t God and yourself, then throw the whole ruler away. Start all over. You will never measure up to the standards of any one else point-blank-period. You were made uniquely, differently and beautifully. Individual from your eyes all the way to your fingertips; there is no one else like you! Keep that in mind every time comparison tries to creep in. Pick up your Bible and read how you were wonderfully and beautifully made (Ps. 139) and how God knew you and had a plan for you before you were even born (Jeremiah 1:5). Put these scriptures and self-affirming words all over your mirror, house and doors and feed your spirit with them every day. Self worth is an inside job. It begins by building ourself up from the inside out. The minute you realize your self worth and value, you refuse to give others discounts and to discount yourself from all that is good in this world. 

You won’t be perfect if you’re skinnier, smarter, prettier, taller, etc. because you are ALREADY perfect! So, how do you measure your self worth? The way to measure your self-worth is by the Word of God and You. You must change how you see yourself, how you love yourself and how you treat yourself. Be your own best friend, be your own cheerleader and lift yourself up. In life, there are so many people and things that pull us down, don’t be one of those people and things…LOVE YOU AND OTHERS WILL LOVE YOU!

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I hope this helped someone out there. I write this because during the holidays, suicide and depression rates are at their highest. We have to learn to love ourselves, to lift ourselves up and remind ourselves of the intrinsic value that we have as human beings. We have to allow God to do the rest. When we are hopeless and feel worthless, ask God to reveal your value to you and He will. Share this post with someone who needs it and remember, I love you and hope and pray the best for you.

You can always reach out to me at houseofodara@gmail.com. Read the latest fashion blog post HERE!

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Thrifting 101: How I Styled My Thrifted Sweater

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“Thrifting 101 should be a pre-requisite for any fashion lover, stylist and shopaholic”

I’ve actually posted about how to be a thrifting queen before but the post was so popular I wanted to do it again. This post is called Thrifting 101 because I want to show you that thrifting is not gross or scary. When I first started thrifting, I hated the smell and the disorder, but now, I thrive in it because I know in the middle of that old-lady-smell and the clutter, treasures are awaiting me. So, let me tell you my 5 thrifting secrets that have worked for me these past two years.

The first rule of Thrifting 101 is to GO WITH AN OPEN MIND! This is NOT Saks Fifth or even Ross Dress for Less, so don’t expect neat, orderly and even clean (LOL)! Be ready to push clothes and people out of the way as you dig for the good stuff. The second rule of Thrifting 101 is to CARVE OUT TIME TO LOOK. You have to give yourself enough time to go down each aisle and look like someone told you there was a YSL sweater in the pile. Also, look at the schedule because most thrift stores have half-off days and percentages off different color tags. You cannot be in a rush to get in and get out…take the kids to your mum, free those hands, carry a small bag and get to WERK boo. This sweater I’m blogging was found at the Salvation Army in Hoover Alabama and after looking for 15 minutes I found it and did a little dance because it was worth the time.

Thrifting 101: How I styled my sweater two-ways

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The third rule of Thrifting 101 is to TRY EVERYTHING ON! So, I have yet to find a thrift store that allows you to return something because it doesn’t fit, so take the time and try it on. You can put it on over your clothes if you are worried about trying it on before you wash it, but make sure you know it fits BEFORE you take it home. This takes me to my fourth rule of thrifting, WASH/DRY CLEAN EVERYTHING AFTER YOU GET HOME. Side note: read the instructions on washing directions before you clean. My cousin bought a 100% silk shirt but didn’t realize the gold she had found so she washed and ruined it. So, make sure to read and find out what material your treasure is made of before you proceed.

Last rule for Thrifting 101 is TAKE A FRIEND! Two eyes are always better than one, so grab a girlfriend and put her to work. FYI also take hand sanitizer…i’m a mini germ freak so I always keep some in my purse. Now, i’ve styled my beautiful multi-colored knit sweater two ways. The first way is as a dress with a thick belt and thigh-high boots and the second way is as my color pop over a monochromatic look. I absolutely love this knit and it’s versatility and because I found it for less less than a Chick-fil-a sandwich. I hope these five rules help you in some way. Google thrift stores near you and take a field trip to one or two, you won’t be disappointed.

For gift ideas for men this holiday season, check out my last blog post HERE!

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Trenched: My Three Favorite Trench Coats this Fall


“My three favorite trench coats this fall should be on your holiday wish list to Santa”

I’ve celebrated a three year wedding anniversary and the first birthday of my son…so November has been very BUSY so far. Forgive me for not blogging as much as usual. Thank you again to everyone that takes the time to read, comment and show me love weekly, I appreciate you (virtual hugs all around). I am absolutely loving this fall weather and fashion and this post is all about my three favorite trench coats this Fall. Let’s get into it and hopefully you see something you have to have.

When buying a trench coat, the first thing I look for is color. I worry about how it fits AFTER I find the color i’m looking for. The first of my three favorite trench coats this fall is a pure white or  cream long trench. I usually try and look for a cream wool coat because it fits so well with so many outfits. The one i’m wearing in this blog is a cream wool coat I fought for at a thrift store. The second thing I look for is fit. Is the trench long enough? Does it look too baggy or does it fit me comfortably? Can I move my arms during worship or is it too tight? When I answer all this, I move on to the next hurdle…PRICE.

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Here are my three favorite trench coats this fall: CLICK LINK TO PURCHASE
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When it comes to price, be ready to spend a little more. I usually go for a wool-blend trench coat because they tend to be less expensive but still beautiful and functional. You want this coat to last a long time so go for quality (be ready to spend money). These are my three favorite trench coats this fall and they are each worth the price tag.

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My shirt, pants, purse and sunnies are all from H&MMy boots are linked above for purchase. Don’t forget to check out my last post with my favorite gifts for men this holiday season: HERE 

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Watch the Watch: Great Gift Ideas for Men

“Shopping for a man is harder than solving quadratic equations in the first grade”

Hello Holidays, Hello Cool weather and Hello to the season of family, food and gift giving. FYI, today is my three year anniversary. Usually, my posts are about women’s wear, but this one features two very special guests. My two Sam’s have graciously allowed me to use them as models and I am so excited about his post. I’m talking about some great gift ideas for men this holiday season.

My husband is so hard to shop for it’s not even funny. Anytime I ask him what he wants, he always says “nothing, I’m good babe,” but I know he NEEDS a lot of things. Me on the other hand, I have my Christmas list ready by July. I knew one of my husband’s favorite items besides suits are watches. So, when Jord Watches reached out to me to give their product a try, I knew I had to get daddy Sam one. I AM SO GLAD I DID! This watch is simply amazing! Now, let’s get into some great gift ideas for men this holiday season.

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For women’s Jord Watch, CLICK HERE and for men’s Jord Watches, CLICK HERE

Great gift ideas for men

When I shop for my husband, I try and look for things I know he’ll like or that he can use for work. The first rule of gift giving for men is to not worry about the price but worry about the gesture. I know for my husband, he doesn’t care about labels or cost of an item but he does care about an items’ usability in his everyday life. This watch is worth the price, a statement piece, conversation starter, and he can wear it every day, which he does. Every time we go out and he has it on, people stop to ask about it and I smile a little knowing I did a good job getting it for him. The wood is amazing, the detailing impeccable and the packaging it came in is beautiful. I picked this color because it’s perfect for the fall season and very rich-looking. The second rule of gift giving for that picky man is to try and personalize whatever you buy him. This watch was personalized with the date of our first born son on the inside of it. Little touches like this make this watch a MUST-HAVE and I love this company because they personalize and size it for you before they ship it out. Visit their site HERE to sign up for a special holiday discount for this amazing watch. This watch is a great gift idea for men this season.

I also bought a watch box with my husband’s initials on it so that he can have a place to keep all of his unique wooden watches. The link is up top to purchase this great box to put your new JORD watch inside. Jord watches and this watch case are both great gift ideas for men, especially for Christmas. Visit Jord Wood Watch to see more of their stunning collection.

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Wooden Wrist Watch