And the winner is...

When to save and when to splurge won the poll! This is a topic that has been addressed rather frequently throughout the years with everyone having their own opinion on the subject, and here comes mine. It is my firm belief that one rule, tried and true, has and will prevail for eternity and that rule is this; Splurge on classic, or timeless, items & save on trendy, or seasonally fashionable, items. That’s it. It will literally never steer you wrong and believe me, I know there are times where you’re going to see an adorable/hot/ever so trendy garment or accessory that is WAY too expensive or maybe even just a little over priced that you’re going to want to buy. Don’t. Just don’t. There’s nothing worse than having something in your closet that you were only able to wear a total of three times before it went completely out of style and then feeling so incredibly guilty about how much you spent when you see it in the buy-one-get-one-for-a-penny rack on top of that. I’m here to advise you after making many mistakes of my own, do as I say not as I've done. On to specifics! I’ll be addressing four categories of women’s fashion on which one should save and splurge starting with Undergarments and including Apparel, Jewelry, and Shoes.


Undergarments, of all shapes and sizes, are items you should absolutely always splurge on. I’ve developed a pretty close relationship with undergarments but it formed completely out of necessity and it helped me realize that most girls/women are probably as clueless as I was until I was properly measured and educated on the subject. Time magazine reports that between 70-85% of women are walking around right now wearing the wrong size bra and it’s really not surprising. Most women don’t really give much thought to their undergarments unless they expect someone to see them so they assume that it doesn’t have a lot to do with how their clothes fit. Wrong! It not only majorly affects how your clothes fit and fall on your body but I guarantee it will directly affect your posture and confidence (ladies your bra cup is probably way bigger than you think!). Knowing that, I highly recommend that you find a legitimate lingerie store (if you’re as busty as I am Victoria’s Secret can’t help you; try Lane Bryant or Petticoat Fair) in which the staff knows how to properly measure you and give accurate suggestions. For the busty and thicker girls out there (holla!) something you’re going to have to come to grips with is that almost everything is going to be more expensive for you (more material for more coverage = more expensive) and you’re not going to have the same cutesy options as the smaller girls out there (pros and cons to every size). I promise once you find a bra, corset, undies, and/or body enhancer that makes you feel like the best version of yourself the expense will be worth it because that feeling is priceless.


Apparel includes tops/blouses, bottoms/skirts, and dresses with each sub-category including its very own save and splurge items. When referencing any of the aforementioned items one simply needs to follow my golden rule. Classic tops/blouses every woman should splurge on include a plain button up shirt in whatever color you like best (I suggest a neutral color for any classic items you're going to splurge on; black, white, grey, or khaki), a tailored blazer, a trench coat, a cashmere sweater (something in a festive color to get maximum use during the winter season), and a sequin occasion shirt*(gold is my personal favorite).

Save shirts

Here are items that you should also absolutely have in your closet but you don’t have to break the bank on because they are produced in mass quantity and can be found just about anywhere; a denim button-up shirt(I have this exact one from Target), any plaid button-up shirt, V-neck T-shirts or tank tops (celebrities may spend $100 on a paper thin tank top but that’s ridiculous and you can find one that looks exactly the same for a mere $12), and cardigans (Target has at least 20 different embellished, classic cardigans every winter, take your pick!).
*When purchasing items with sequins or beading that can easily take a quick right turn in to Tackyville it is important to splurge and find a well made classic piece.

Splurge bottoms

When looking for classic pants, shorts, or skirts that are okay to splurge on it is important to remember cut over color/pattern. Every body type can rock a different cut(s) of pants which makes this area of shopping extremely personal. Don’t let how retailers/designers choose to size your clothes get you down, until they're sizing by the exact number of inches our hips are none of it has any real meaning about your size. Everyone should, however, know what works and what doesn’t before  going on the hunt for a garment it’ll save you a lot of time and self-esteem in the long run. So after you discover what cut/fit looks best for your body type here are the items you should splurge on; trousers (for the working woman at least two pair in black and grey), the perfect pair of jeans (7 for all mankind or if you purchase them at The Buckle they’ll do complementary in-house alterations such as hemming and cinching), a pair of khaki’s (shorts, pants, or both), and a leather skirt*(either black or dark, dark green).

*Once again it’s so easy to look tacky when wearing certain faux materials so this one is definitely a splurge. 

 Bottoms, skirts, and shorts to save on are; bandage skirts (they’re everywhere!), skinny jeans (in every color), faux leather leggings (surprisingly don’t look all that faux), leggings/tights, and summer shorts (neon colors, fun patters, frayed all over the place).

Splurge dresses

The dress is my favorite element of fashion. I thoroughly enjoy buying one item and literally getting a whole outfit. The first dress I would like to reference is of course the little black dress. This rule is beaten into our brains at such an early age and most women have it in their closets already (if you don't get on it!). So besides the obvious little black dress here are some other pieces you should splurge on when dress shopping;  an illusion dress (every woman needs one), a little red dress (the lusty cousin of the classy little black dress), and a leopard dress ( I say splurge on this because the cheaper the dress and fabric the closer you get to looking like a lady of the night when it comes to animal print).

Save dresses

 The dresses you should save on include the bandage dress (again they're everywhere!), a maxi dress, a cut-out dress (if you can wear it appropriately), a hi-low dress, and any daytime dress that will get  a lot of wear.

Splurge Shoes

Shoes, my second love and mistress, have a hold on me. I can't stop, won't stop, buying them and I've never regretted a single pair. I've never regretted a single pair because I have a set of go to classic heels, boots, and athletic shoes while maintaining a healthy recycling system with the trendy pairs. Shoes are a little tricky because most people won't splurge on a pair of well made, real leather shoes because they don't think it makes a difference in how their foot will feel or they're unsure of the enduring quality. Unfortunately you can't know this, and believe me you will be able to immediately, if you don't ever splurge on a pair. These are shoes I recommend you splurge on; classic black heel (you'll wear it everywhere), nude heel (interchangeable with black), one or two pairs of boots (I have to have one black and one brown and you'll find out why in the near future*), Sperry Top Siders (you'll only need one pair ever if you're around the lake or water seasonally), athletic shoes (if applicable to your life, you're paying for quality and comfort not style keep that in mind)

save shoes

Again save on any and all trendy shoes. For example I'm obsessed with studs & spikes on my shoes but cannot afford Christian LouBoutin's so I'm absolutely going to try and find an imitation spiked heel or boot for cheap elsewhere. No shame, I'm not claiming they're Loub's I really just want some spikes man!

splurge jewelry

Now, last and certainly not least, for jewelry. Old reliable comes into play again here; splurge on classic save on trendy. I grew up with my Mom always wearing silver jewelry (it compliments her skin tone best) and from an early age any momentous occasion would be marked with a small piece of James Avery jewelry. Of course I lost a lot of those pieces before I even hit middle school, parents don't waste your money on child jewelry unless they can't take it off, but every holiday I would get to wear my jewelry and it helped me to understand that silver was a precious metal that was meant only for special occasions and "big girls". From that day on it's been a firm belief of mine that every woman needs a nice set of jewelry that they should splurge on and everything else should be under $15. My mom and I are very fair skinned and silver always looks good but because my tone has a little more pink and gold in it I can also wear gold rather well. Once you've figured out what you like best on yourself find a timeless set and splurge! I also highly recommend that every woman have a set of pearls, just one piece, that is pulled out for special occasions and can eventually be handed down to a daughter or granddaughter. Since pearls can get pretty expensive I recommend buying just a necklace or just earrings and then putting the matching pieces on a birthday or holiday wish list.

save jewelry

As I mentioned before, any item of jewelry you save on should be under $15 but I sometimes cheat. I've definitely spent more than $15 on a piece that looked like it was worth at least $40 and that's how I justify it haha.*Do as I say not as I've done. It's really all about you, your priorities, and your budget. Any trendy jewelry (feathers, Aztec design, neon colored, dream catcher, chunky stone, or fake gems) I buy is usually to match something specifically and just like the garment I plan to pair it with, it will go out of style which is why you want to save on these kinds of items. I highly recommend checking out Sam Moon but make sure you've got at least a couple hours to get lost in this amazing accessory store.

I hope this was helpful to everyone and a special thank you to those that voted in the poll, please vote in the new one! Have a fabulous week everyone, talk to ya soon <3


Austin Aficionado

I realize this post is a little late in the week and am therefore extending the time ya'll have to vote in the poll, yay! haha Monday's post will address the winning classic fashion question, which would you like to know more about?
Anywho, onward and upward! Anyone who knows me knows how big a fan I am of my city Austin, Texas! One of the many appealing things about my beloved city is the large variety of activities, concerts, and shows that are available on a daily/ nightly basis at such an affordable price. Last weekend was incredibly packed with fun events and ample opportunities for fun fashion spotting starting with the Mascara Monologues segment I recorded for the Kim Iversen Show on Thursday. Fashion has always involved quite a bit of thought for me so I was relieved to see that Miss Iversen and I were on the same wave length when it came to our attire for that evening as we both chose to wear a flowing maxi dress. I realized that the only people who would even see my outfit were the six people in the studio (and of course all of you lovely people <3) and that I would be sitting for about an hour making it essential that my outfit be cute, presentable, and moreover extremely comfortable. 

I went with an ELLE maxi dress I’d purchased from Kohl’s at least a couple of years ago (the print and style is classic and this dress will last another 2-3 years, at least). I paired the dress with an Orange skinny belt from Cotton On (the belt was sold in a set of three: pink, orange, and turquoise) and a pair of orange Ralph Lauren Jellies (originally priced at $200, got them on sale for $30 at DSW!) For my lips I chose Kat VonD’s Painted Love Lipstick in A-Go-Go, and for nail color “Are We There Yet?” nail polish by OPI.

Next up was the Glass Candy + Chromatics + Orthy + Flying Turns DJ’s show at the Austin, TX venue Mohawk on Friday. It was a completely last minute decision to tag along with a group of friends who had purchased their tickets for only $13! 

Well needless to say I couldn’t resist and by 9 PM I was sweating, singing, and dancing the night away amongst a beautifully weird crowd of people. I usually like to plan ahead for events so that I can get the perfect outfit together but this was just too good an opportunity to pass up on account of garment perfection, or lack thereof. Given the time I would have selected my ensemble by considering the type of music; in this case I would have preferred to wear something that more closely resembled a highlighter.

Instead, I threw on an outfit that just screams summer (White lace shirt from NordstromRack, pink tank top from Target, mint/ turquoise shorts from Charlotte Russe,peanut butter purse & shoes from A’gaci Too, and both Sally Hansen in Mint Sorbet & OPI in My Address is “Hollywood” by OPI on my nails), braided my bangs back, and proceeded to Mohawks to bask in all of the glory that live shows have to offer. Predictably so, I encountered some amazing concert attire and was lucky enough to have met incredibly nice people (although everyone in Austin is like that <3) that they allowed me to share their style with you all.

The fun thing about live shows, and really Austin in general, is that people appreciate the bazaar and unique. Everyone who was in attendance had such fun, different, and exciting personal styles and not one of those people had a nasty thought or look to give to someone who didn’t match their specific vision. I wish I could have grown up closer to downtown than in the ‘burbs of North West Austin but being a mere 30 minute drive away didn’t stop me from enjoying what downtown Austin has to offer for long. Here are some examples of outfits I've worn to past shows and festivals.

Sunday was my Bff’s BIL B-Ry’s birthday party at EmmaLong Park. I wore a Navy blue tank top with orange & blue patterned shorts, and a pale pink watch all from Target. I paired my outfit with the same Ralph Lauren jellies I mentioned earlier, a Nine West coral colored purse on sale from Steinmart, and the coolest sunglasses (also in pale pink) I've ever seen or owned purchased from Charlotte Russe for $5.

We chilled in the shade of an incredibly old and gracious tree while listening to Ghost Land Observatory, The Toadies, and Tenacious D. The manly men grilled some delicious hot dogs, chicken, and hamburger patties while everyone else swam in Lake Austin and watched the babies play. Aside from some random teenagers stopping by to ask if we had any weed (they were asking every single person on the shore haha what?!) the perfect ending to a beautiful day was met with an impromptu game of sand volleyball. I’ll say this; It’s not the most conventional cure for a hangover, but it did me wonders.

I’m so incredibly thankful to be able to call myself an OG Austinite. I have my city, family, and weird friends to thank for my ability to appreciate the eccentric in life and my hope for everyone is that one day you’ll be able to live truly weird without a care. Here's a Rosie picture to get you through til the next post, my princess is also fabulously fashionable while being body-type burdened:)

Also, the second segment of the Mascara Monologues segment I recorded on The Kim Iversen Show aired Tuesday July, 31st, at 10 Pm Central on the fm radio station Mix 94.7. If you’re out of state, didn't catch it, or just want to hear my beautiful voice again ;) CLICK HERE, type Mascara Monologues into the search bar, then click on the above mentioned date to check it out(my previous segment from last Thursday, 7/26/12 will be here as well)! I’m so thrilled with the amount of support and love I’m receiving from family, friends, and even strangers whom I'll refer to as future friends from now on. I can’t thank you all enough (especially my followers)! Don’t be afraid to message me directly via Facebook or Twitter with any questions you might have, I’m here to help :)