Casual Friday on a Budget 2.0

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Hey y’all!! I posted this pic of my Casual Friday outfit last week up on my Facebook and IG page and received so many questions about the deets. So here we go! As you may already know, I am frugal when it comes to my purchases. I’m a believer that you can look like a million bucks with any budget you have.

I always make it a point to purchase solid pieces that I can marry with things that are already in my cost. My jacket I purchased from Forever 21 a few years back for around 20 bucks. You can get a similar one here for around the same price: Green Jacket

I wear it with jeans as well and white converse sneakers make for a week rounded look. My stripe shirt I purchased from Old Navy for around 20 bucks as weak last fall. You can actually snag it for under 10 bucks right now. Here it is: Stipe Shirt

My pants look like leggings but they are a little more structured. They have a raised line down the front and they are high waist (WINNING!). The brand is Romen+Juilet Couture, I snagged these from Marshalls for $16.99 and unfortunately, Marshalls doesn’t have a website but you can grab similar ones here: High Waist Black Pant

And finally, the wedges I am wearing are so dope y’all. And they’re super comfy which is the icing on the cake. These are Jessica Simpson wedges I grabbed a few months back from Dillard’s. They are no longer on Dillards.com or JessicaSimpson.com but there are still up and i have them in brown. They are also comfy and super cute: Peep Toe Suede Wedge

Get creative with your clothes! Don’t be afraid, wear what YOU like!! It’s all about what you feel comfortable in and what you want to spend. I am sure some people don’t care for my taste in threads, but you know what they say about opinions..right?? LOL. Drop me any questions you have about my outfit. I’d love to help you achieve the perfect outfit!

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IMG_1670Without fail, every Tuesday I hop into my favorite stores to check out the new inventory. Believe it or not I am frugal with most of my purchases. I don’t like to spend more than $20 on any one article of clothing. I might occasionally splurge, but not very often.

I wore this look today and got so many compliments on it. It’s a complete mash-up on things I had in my closet. Here is the run down. The dress is Stella Luce, I paid $12.99 for it at Marshalls but here is a similar one on Posh Mark:Black Dress They have these type of dresses in stock all the time. They can be dressed up or down. Pumps or a cute pair of Tori Burch sandals can really round out this look. The dress is mock neck, cap sleeve and super stretchy. Oh so comfy! I grabbed one in black and one in mauve.

The pumps are Lauren by Ralph Lauren. My hubby grabbed these for me as a birthday gift from Dillard’s last year. Not sure if they still have them in stock. For all of you who didn’t know this, my favorite color is leopard 😜.  It’s so versatile. Every woman should have some sort of leopard in her closet. I love these pumps with jeans, dresses skirts you name it. You can get leopard pumps everywhere! Check your local second-hand shoe stores as well as department stores when they have sales.

The jacket is from The Limited. Let me be totally transparent here. The blazer goes with a suit I own. I WILL spend money on a nice tailored suit, but I love that I can pull pieces from my suits and wear them with other things in my closet. This blazer looks great with a pair or jeans or most little dresses I have. I think I paid $134 for my blazer but you can get similar one here: Target Blazer

It’s so easy to take random items from your wardrobe and make a statement outfit without breaking the bank. I think this is a look any woman can appreciate.

When I walked into my office this morning, someone looked at me and said, “What scandal are you fixing today?” My reply was “It’s already handled!”

DIY Fireplace Re-Do

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I have a unique sense of style. I march to the beat of my own drum, and could care less about someone else’s opinion about it lol. I’m a creative person and I love to switch things up according to whatever mood I’m feeling at the moment. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, my need for frequent change gets Terrence to huffing and puffing on the regular.

My latest idea was to re-do our fireplace in the downstairs living room. We’ve owned our home for 5 years and it’s been a constant eye sore for me. One day I woke up with the idea to freshen it up. Surprisingly, Terrence didn’t need much convincing! My down stairs living space doubles as my office and the old fireplace didn’t mesh well with my office decor AT ALL….

I hopped on Pinterest for some inspiration and found some amazing ideas. While the inner eccentric in me wanted to go a little on the wilder side, I had to be reeled in with the home re-sale talk. We compromised on a look that was clean, textured and aesthetically pleasingly to the both of us.

I found some beautiful stone at one of my favorite places in the world, Lowes! I could shop there every day, I love to wood smell that welcomes you into the store. The stone that frames the fireplace it self is limestone. It has a subtle sparkle to it (Duh!) had to throw that in there. And the lower tiles are Carrara Marble. Just like paint color, picking out tile is difficult. Confession…I was watching an episode of Property Brothers not too long ago on HGTV and the female home owner kept raving about how she HAD to have Carrara Marble in her kitchen. She was super stylish might I add. This is what helped me land my decision on the Carrara lol. Easy peasy….

I really love how it turned out! I’ve had a few friends over since we completed it and they think it’s quite a show piece. We are in the process redecorating the mantle as well so I will update this post once we have it complete. We spent less than $200 on the materials and it took us a weekend to complete.

Bean There…Done That

I had to travel to Chicago for work earlier this week and had the opportunity to spend the whole day Wednesday sight seeing in the Windy City. Thankfully, Wednesday was about 47 degrees, a little rainy but tolerable so I thought I’d take advantage.

I took off walking from the beautiful Hilton Chicago, and found myself at this cute breakfast spot called Wildberry Cafe. The Berry Bliss Pancakes were the staple on the menu, so of course I tried those and they were everything!

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Berry Bliss Pancakes from Wildberry Chicago

 

My next adventure took me to the Chicago Bean in Millenium Park. I was told a company leases office space in the Bean?? Not sure of the validity of that, kind of a small space. I took the obligatory tourist photos, admired for a bit and moved on.

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The Bean Millenium Park

Next up, Magnificent Mile. I walked at least 5 miles easy, hitting up some of my favorite spots, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Nike, Zara and Louis Vuitton where I snagged my first LV!!

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Louis Vuitton Chicago

I was adventuring alone so I tried not to bring too much attention to myself, so I didn’t get too many pictures of the beautiful city! Secondly I bought this bag which came in a huge box and I again didn’t want to bring too much attention to myself, so I ended up Taxiing back to the hotel to drop it off! One of my friends brothers owns a restaurant in Chicago called The Vig! So I made a dinner stop there with an old colleague and it ended up being so worth the trip! Check it out if you’re ever in the area.

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The Vig Chicago

Chicago was so good to me and I know I’m definitely going back soon. My family will have to tag along next trip but we will make sure we go when it’s a bit warmer!!

Skin luxuries on a budget

I’m just a girl who loves all things luxury, skincare included! With the winter months upon us, I find it important to take extra care to keep my skin supple and moisturized! At that same time, I don’t want to break the bank. Here are my favorite winter go to’s!

After my shower or bath, I lather on this amazing hydrating body oil by Measurable Difference called Amaranth that’s infused with apricot (it’s smells so yummy y’all). Next I lather on my favorite body moisturizer of all time R+F body moisturizer. The two of these combined keep my skin super hydrated as my skin can be flaky and itchy in the winter.

I purchase my Amaranth body oil from Marshalls but you can also get it here: https://www.measurabledifference.com/measurable-difference-amaranth-hydrating-body-oil

And for my RF moisturizer, you can get that here: R+F Body Moisturizer Here(Ask me about a 10% discount on the RF Moisturizer!)IMG_0441.JPG

Fab Finds

There’s nothing that makes my heart happier than snagging a day off during the week and spending an afternoon shopping. I’ve always been a thrifty shopper, and I’ve become quite skilled at buying low priced items and pairing them with new or old pieces in my closet.

Today I spent around 45 minutes dashing through the aisles of Marshalls and Ross located in my neighborhood (Had to be home in time to meet the Internet installer😁). I came across some really nice inexpensive pieces. I found this super cute blue and white striped Stella Luce top for $12.99 that I plan to pair with my favorite white denim and a heel or sandal. I live for tops like these. They make you look so polished if you wear it right! I found this black and white A-line striped skirt for $11 at Ross!! YOU READ THAT RIGHT! Paired with a bold top, heels and a statement necklace, this will be an eye catcher for sure. The cognac booties (which are classics for fall and winter) I found at Ross for $22!! I snagged the last 7.5 they had (lucked up on these for sure). And they are super comfy! I’m big on under garments, and they crisp white ones I found at Ross were $2 each!! (See pic below, excuse the wrinkles…)

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All in all, I call this a successful shopping day. Added some amazing pieces to my wardrobe and didn’t break the bank. And the cherry on top, I had a nice shopping experience without the crowds. I could get use to this mid-day shopping thing!!

 

Xoxo,

Ruthie

 

Redefine your life!

When I was half way through my 29th year of life, I found myself in an awful rut! I hated my day job, I was sitting on top of a pile of student loan debt for a degree that wasn’t serving me, and I often found myself missing out on so many precious moments of my 10 year old daughters life because I couldn’t tell my employer no. I often put my husband on the back burner because I felt like he knows what I’m going through, so right now my needs are more important. 😕 I’ve always been a hard worker and literally climbed my way to the top of the hospitality food chain in 6 short years! (From front desk minimum wage to running my own sales department). But in doing this, I lost my sense of purpose, I looked down that ladder I ferociously climbed and realized I lost sight of what was important. I didn’t know how I was going to change my circumstances but I did know I was very, very, very, unhappy. I knew I couldn’t spend another 35 years of my life working a J.O.B. But I didn’t know where I should start, or even what I was looking for. I remember praying a specific prayer asking God to place me on the path I’m supposed to be on because somehow I had gotten off track! I waited…and waited…and waited.

One day, while wasting my life away on social media, I stumbled across something that at the time, I didn’t know was going to totally change my life! I’ve always been an open minded person, but direct sales was never on my radar. So, I took a chance are reached out to this complete stranger on Facebook as I was fascinated at how a full time job in her world meant 20 hours a week🤔. I was intrigued at how she was partnering with the Proactiv Solutions doctors!! Who and the heck lands this kind of gig? But the amazing part, she told me I had the opportunity to partner with them too. I’ve always been a business woman, and this conversation I had with her made complete business sense to me! Although I didn’t know much about skincare, I knew a great opportunity when I saw one. I took the leap and what a ride this has been!!

I’m sharing this with you to say, don’t knock anything until you try it. You never know what lies on the other side of chance, fear and your comfort zone. I’m happy to say that I love my little side gig and I am not only paying down my mountain of student loan debt, I’m funding vacations, braces for my Bean, paying my car payment, building a savings account and most importantly, I am getting to help others completely change their lives in the process. AND…drinking wine, hanging out with some of the smartest, beautiful, and encouraging women of RF is what I get to call “work”. I would take this any day over a 50-60 hour work week! Plus, I’m getting amazing skin out of the deal. I look forward to the day when I can completely free myself from corporate America 100% and live my life on my own terms! It’s coming!! You just wait on it!!💋

Check out my website: ruthielyons.myrandf.com

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