Where Do I Shop?

  1. H&M

    • H&M has become one of my favorite places to go on shopping expenditures. The main attraction to H&M for me was the surplus of basics that were all affordable. For someone who lives in basics, especially basic crop tops, lounge wear, comfortable denim, etc., H&M is basically a heaven-on-Earth.
      Their inventory is updated with the trends, offering a cheaper alternative to trends that could otherwise be found at other retailers for less affordable prices.
      There is always a little bit of everything to buy at H&M.
      While keeping quality in mind is important, H&M seemingly prices their pieces according to quality. This is very important to keep in mind when shopping through H&M.
      In regards to focus, their inventory always showcases a wide arrange of trends and styles, eliminating the element of focus at H&M. This almost makes H&M better – let me explain. Their lack of focus in inventory serves as a benefit for a wide-market target audience, as their clothes do not have boundaries and serve to please a wider-range of individual’s personal styles’.
      There is a lot going on at H&M, however, they offer that reliability for shoppers, who can assume that H&M has something that suites their style.
      For avid shoppers on a budget, H&M is a great venue to experiment with.SWISS-ECONOMY-SALES
  2. Marshall’s / Nordstrom Rack
    • Discounted main brand clothes, ’nuff said. Great quality, main brand clothing at a discounted price is a shopper’s heaven, as well. Marshall’s and Nordstrom Rack’s inventory rarely overlaps, but they both offer similar trends at that discounted price that we all would rather pay. While quality is not a guarantee at H&M, Marshall’s and Nordstrom Rack most often offer a selection of higher quality, longer-lasting clothing that you can depend on for more than one season.
      Athletic wear, discounted shoes, and discounted designer clothes are some of my favorite, and my most popular purchases at both locations.
      Depending on the weather, I love purchasing some great jackets at Marshall’s and/or Nordstrom Rack – they often offer a wide-range of jackets to suit your needs.

       

  3. Urban Outfitters
    • Yeah, I know. I have heard it…”Urban Outfitters is overpriced and overrated.”
      While this may be true, Urban Outfitters still remains to consistently offer inventory that still catches my attention. The main attraction to Urban Outfitters for me is that it specifically offers clothes that I often consider less basic, and more standout pieces within my wardrobe. I can count on Urban Outfitters to give me an endless amount of fashionable clothing that experiments and tests current fashion trends in new, interesting, and trendy ways.
      I also truly enjoy their denim line, BDG, which offers a wide-range assortment of styles of denim, at a semi-elevated price. While the price is not the lowest, it is not the highest either. The quality and the price align perfectly, making it a clean investment that will probably last you a few seasons.
      While the price is less than appealing, I am usually willing to make some larger purchases at Urban Outfitters, despite the price.

      • Let me let you in on a secret about my Urban Outfitters’ purchases – Afterpay.
        Shoppers meet Afterpay. Afterpay meet shoppers.
        This is your new best friend that allows you to pay for your entire Urban Outfitters’ purchase in four separate payments, making your purchase that much more worth it, or affordable.
        Afterpay offers a longer list of other retailers they offer their services to, do not be afraid to check it out.jaksldfj
  4. Elison Rd.
    • Elison Rd. is a boutique that offers a wide-range of bohemian-style clothing at a fairly reasonable price. The difference between the boutiques and the other retailers on my list is that Elison Rd.’s inventory has much more of a specific style and client that they are serving, making their customer base a little more selective, and a little less broad. Elison Rd. carries some great brands, such as, Lack of Color, MINKPINK, Brixton, and Quay, to name a few.
      I love the way that boutiques carry such beautiful and unique pieces, making it a great stop on my shopping trips to find various unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.
      While Elison Rd. is great year-round, their Summer selection of clothes is especially wonderful, as they have some of the cutest, on-trend Summer pieces. I am especially drawn to their jumpsuits and rompers, as those are some of my favorite ways to wear Elison Rd.
      Festival pieces are another great reason to shop at Elison Rd., as they have a wide-range of festival-style pieces that are great to wear at a festival, as well as not at a festival.fff
  5. Lizard Thicket
    • Lizard Thicket is the OTHER boutique that I am quite fond of, where I also enjoy purchasing jumpsuits and rompers from. Lizard Thicket carries some of the greatest jumpsuits that I have ever bought, and I will never let myself forget it. I have found some of the most beautiful floral pieces here, as well. Beyond the fact that they carry exceptional jumpsuits, they also have some of the best sales I have ever witnessed. Similarly, they generally have a fairly decent sale section that contains some great stuff. While I may not be drawn to every single item that they carry, I always do find myself having to at least entertain some purchases.
      I will warn you that they only carry six sizes of each piece that they have in the store, so if you find something that is your size, grab it! It may not be there next time. The idea of ordering six sizes of each garment does not allow room for much time to debate purchasing an item, especially if it is a super cute piece. Six sizes goes by faster than you think!
      Thankfully, you can always count on their online shop to make purchases, without the pressure of having to make an immediate decision about what you are purchasing.ffff

Shopping makes my heart grow fonder, or at least that is what I tell myself.
Where do you guys like to go shopping?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

How To Sneaker 101

Timeless, chic, yet effortless is the idea going into this Spring and Summer 2017 season.

Sneakers are in, for both males and females, worldwide. Sneaker corporations, such as Adidas, Vans, Nike, and Puma, have made an epic new comeback as sneakers have become a fashion statement for everyone, males and females included.

The effortless look of a sneaker will be a great way to dress down a rather chic, more nighttime look. Sneakers with jeans, sneakers with dresses, sneakers with trench coats…basically sneakers with everything goes this season!

Sneakers have become a fashion staple, as comfortability is also in this season.

Fashion icons, such as the Kardashians, Gigi Hadid, Rihanna, Blake Lively, Miranda Kerr, and Karlie Kloss have been spotted utilizing their sneakers to freshen up their looks.

celebrity-favorite-sneakers-00 Similarly, for all you guys out there, rapper Jay-Z, actor Chris Pine, fashion-mogul Kanye West and actor Robert Pattinson have also been caught sporting this trend. This trend is huge for not only women’s fashion, but is a fashion-forward statement for men as well.

Kill two birds with one stone, when purchasing your next pair of sneakers, as you can wear your sneakers to class or to the nearest gym. They serve more than one purpose, as reusable basics are in as well this season. You can find sneakers at your nearest retailer or online for a reasonable price, depending on how much you are willing to spend.

Be comfortable and chic at the same time, and take advantage of this season’s laidback look. You can throw away those uncomfortable dressy heels and trade them in for a pair of straight comfort.

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xo,

Aichan Tewahade

New Merch, New Shopping Trip

This last week I spent shopping and endlessly spending my paycheck in useless places, even though you can never have too many clothes. This shopping trip I stopped by Ragstock, Crossroads Trading Company, Urban Outfitters, & Buffalo Exchange.

I generally can find items at these stores for reasonably priced. As you can tell below, rompers and overalls are perfect transitional pieces, as we transition from winter to spring. Florals and lace are also making a statement this season, especially on the runway. Girly accents, such as lace and floral, are a great way to make a cute statement this season.

Similarly, t-shirt dresses and slip dresses are also in this season. T-shirt dresses and slip dresses are easy to layer, and work as great layering pieces for the colder Spring days.

Additionally, platform shoes are taking the stages of many runway shows and are being manufactured by brands, such as DIVIDED and Steve Madden. Puma and Rihanna even teamed up recently, creating a brand of platform creeper sneakers.

A bomber jacket is an absolute must this season. Bomber jackets are sold everywhere currently, and you do not want to skip out on a chance to miss out on this amazing, timeless trend.

Sweaters and jackets are always a must-have, as we transition. Similarly, fringe is making a comeback this season and you would be silly not to find yourself a fringe jacket. A simple fringe jacket can make such a statement, even paired with a simple outfit.

Of course, nude tones are in, explaining the nude baseball cap and nude sweater. This season focuses on minimalist street wear, all while simultaneously making a subtle statement. Nude and flesh tones are great, as you can pair them with just about anything.

Lastly, embellished vintage belts are sold online and off-line in stores nationwide. The embellishment and vintage feel of the belts provide a casual, yet chic statement. It does not matter whether or not your outfit is bland, embellished belts will assist in dressing up many outfits, while making a subtle statement. Wearing embellished belts with basics, such as my black high-waisted pants, creates a timeless look that can be completed with any basics.

Basics are also making a great comeback, still insinuating the idea behind a minimalist look this season. This can be easy achieved with basics that with cutouts, distressing, etc. Basic tees are essential this season, as this season focuses on a relaxed, yet put together look.

Look below for pictures of my recent purchases.

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Truly Madly Deeply Cut-Out Shirt
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Sadie & Sage Floral and Lace Romper
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MONKI White Overalls
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Ambiance Black Fur-Lined Bomber Jacket
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Native Outsiders Fringe Jacket
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Urban Outfitters Creme/Nude Sweater
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Olive & Pique Nude Baseball Cap
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ALL SON Camo Jacket
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Out From Under Green Velvet Jumpsuit
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Cotton Candy LA Velvet Slip Dress
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Adidas Black Floral T Tank Dress
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Mossimo White Platform Sneakers
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Divided High Top Black & White Sneakers
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Urban Outfitters Thick Embellished Vintage Belt
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Urban Outfitters Thin Embellished Vintage Belt
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BP Black High-Waisted Distressed Jeans

Olive You So Much

Olive green is making an epic comeback this Spring. Go green in more than one way.

Tops, bottoms, playsuits, jumpsuits, bodysuits, dresses, jackets, shoes, and even accessories, such as hats and scarves, have even been found manufactured by major retail stores. Similarly, Fenty x Puma, Louis Vuitton, Sonia Rykiel and Versus Versace all displayed stunning olive green pieces and accessories. At this year’s New York Fashion Week, Versus Versace, in particular, debuted olive green lace-up boots, strappy sandals, purses, and sunglasses, during their runway show.

Specifically, Steve Madden and Addidas have both released a variety of styles of shoes in this deep tone, which are both picture below.

For more affordable prices, worldwide retail stores, such as ASOS, Tobi, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, and Steve Madden, carry olive green pieces in all different styles. Essentials for this upcoming spring definitively include olive green, making it one of the most popular go-to color for the Spring and Summer.

Olive green is a versatile color and a great way to accent your outfit. The army green looks great when the green is complimented with any black, or dark wash, or nude tones.

Olive green is the new black. The army green, or kale green, is ideal for outerwear in particular, as army green military-style jackets and trench coats have been “in” since this past Fall.

Olive Green can be worn during all seasons. However, olive green more specifically works well in the Spring and the Fall, making it one of the most versatile hues.

This color can be worn dressed up or down. Most designers have taken a grungier approach to their green pieces, adding a tough, military-esque vibe.

At this year’s New York Fashion Week, spring/summer 2017 runway shows were filled with olive green pieces, specifically coats, bomber jackets, and trench coats, in the color olive green.

Deep hues, such as olive green, are captivating against all skin tones, making it a versatile color palette customized for all skin tones. Everyone from light to dark can feel beautiful in this color.

It seems as though the olive green is here to stay, even past Saint Patrick’s Day. Post-Saint Patrick’s Day and post-New York Fashion Week, olive green, or kale, made several appearances all over the runways.

Salvatore Ferragamo showed off his perspective on the trend with a fitted and flared scalloped dress, and included an olive green trench coat to tie the look in.

Similarly, Altuzarra debuted a dazzling trench coat in the army green color that is just so desirable this season.

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| Joseph Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-To-Wear | Source: VOGUE |

To think that New York Fashion Week was centered around the green color palette is silly, however, even Balmain debuted an olive green ensemble, with an olive green trench coat, and a sheer, and flowy two-piece dress.

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Not only does this trend look good on every individual, but it also symbolizes nature and the healthy lifestyle that comes with Spring and Summer. So, as you prepare for your Summer body, olive your green.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

The Road Less Traveled

Some days you feel lazy, challenged, a little unmotivated, angry, frustrated, bored, sad, and irate about this crazy world we live in. This is quite alright, actually.

What is your ultimate vice to cover up the guilt, anxiety, and pressures of modern day society? I have countless, and as the saying goes, old habits die hard. I used to cope with the abuse of a variety of illicit narcotics, but now have turned my unexerted, and unlimited energy towards other habits, such as blogging, hiking, coloring, shopping and working full-time.

It is not easy to turn away from your old, toxic habits, as they are cyclical parts of our day-to-day life. The simple act of going to Starbucks every morning and drinking a Venti Caramel Macchiato can be categorized as an old toxic coping mechanism, as none of us really should be drinking 3 shots of espresso in our coffee every day.

The key to success is maintaining composure, and a level-head, when you are stressed. Turning your unexerted stress towards positive habits, such as your health, new found hobbies, staying on top of your school work, and hanging out with positive influences can be a way to take the road less traveled.

You see, none of these old, toxic habits are serving you any good. Though it is alright to slip up a few times, as I have time-and-time again, recognizing, addressing, and acting upon being aware of your old habits is the key to success.

Some days I find myself bored, and unsatisfied with life. I am constantly doing the same thing every day, working full-time, coloring and shopping. I also attend therapy once a week to switch up my routine.

By taking the road less traveled on, and working hard to combat these habits, you will begin to lead a life of happiness and simplicity. All things that every human being craves. The key to understanding why you must take the road less traveled on is thinking about more than “the now.” You must learn to think long-term and think about your long-term goals before deciding to be impulsive and reckless. These small habitual toxic habits that you engage in are a big part of who you are as a person, but learning to persevere through the tough times, especially when you are overwhelmed, is a skill that cannot be taught or mastered. We all make mistakes sometimes.

The road less traveled on is much more difficult and time-consuming than one would hope, which is why it is the route that is traveled on much less. In the long run, however, the outcomes will be enormous, and will be self-fulfilling. The best feeling in the world is learning how much your hard work pays off, even through the thick and the thin. Not every day is easy, and not every day is fun, especially when you’re traveling in the opposite direction than others. Chances are very high that you will feel lost, uncomfortable, vulnerable, unstable, emotional, irate, sad, happy, relieved, etc.

This is all natural. Life is supposed to be challenging, so why not take up the challenge now? It is never too late to change. Today is a new day – another day for you to change.

Validation from others is the reason why others turn their cheek and travel in the most traveled on road. Sometimes we can be prone to take this route, however, take small steps towards change and rewards will come in surplus.

Appreciate the challenge and embrace the challenge. As Nike exclaims, “JUST DO IT!”And, as 2Chainz most famously stated, “I’m different, yeah, I’m different!” Embrace being different and taking a different route than everyone, because no one is the same and the route that they may decide to take is probably drastically different from yours.

Change your perspective ad shoot for the stars, loves. Aim high, work hard, and keep your expectations low. Do not rush the process, as it is a lifelong process. Adapt to your current situation, whatever it may take, and begin there. Make a list of things you wish to change about yourself, and then most importantly, make changes and take action! Actions always speak louder than words.

Lastly, do not do this for anyone other than yourself. After a while, doing the same shit for years becomes a bore. This is simply just a sign that you are growing and maturing. Figuring out what you like and do not like, standing up for yourself, and loving yourself are all things that become incredibly uncomfortable, as you will find yourself spending more and more time alone. Uncomfortable is good – it simply means you found some inspiration to grow, mature, and take action against your old habits.

Do not be so hard on yourself, but take up this challenge, and do things you do not normally do. Make yourself uncomfortable, in order to face the uncomfortability. Remember those who mind, do not matter.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Ballin’ On A Budget

As you soon begin to realize that money does not simply grow on trees, you will also realize that you have less money to spend on things you enjoy. For me, my joy is coloring books, candles, clothes, shoes, food and accessories.

All these things can be found at just about any retail chain, however, it all depends on whether the price is right.

I have to ball out on a budget, sort of speak, as I am in college and have obligatory payments that I must make.

I try to make purchases that are:

  1. Reasonably Priced – Who knows how much money you have on you, or whether you are just trying to spend your last paycheck. Make sure that the price is right on what you are buying. Take into consideration the pros and cons of making your purchase. Try shopping at places, such as Amazon, Safeway, King Soopers, Walmart, Walgreens, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Ragstock, PacSun, Forever 21, Crossroads Trading Company, Buffalo Exchange, and/or any “buy, sell, and trade” store. If you are feeling conflicted on whether or not to purchase the item, see how much you truly want it and come back later. Chances are you can find better deals online or in-store, if you look hard enough.
  2. Quality Over Quantity – Check to see the condition of the quality of the product. In this case, less is more. This may not be the case for food, however, the quality of your food, aka what you put into your body, is important. In regards to clothing, accessories, and shoes, quality is of utmost importance. You would rather have an item that is made well and will last a lifetime, over clothes that will fall apart on you quickly. Investments in essentials, such as jeans, pants, and basics, are things that directy correlate with the idea behind quality over quantity. Art supplies are best bought in quality if you are pursuing an art career or are truly passionate about the activity.
  3. Skip The Brand Names – In regards to everything I purchase, brand name does not matter to me, just as long as the quality is there. Food does not apply to this rule as buying brand name items from, Kroger, Safeway, and Walgreens make the purchase much cheaper. In terms of clothing, shoes, and accessories, it is the complete opposite. Brand name products, such as, Free People, Steve Madden, Gucci, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Repossi, and Louis Vitton, to name a few, are not essential to your wardrobe. I find that consignment stores and “buy, sell, and trade” stores, such as Crossroads Trading Company, Buffalo Exchange and Plato’s Closet sell brand name items for much cheaper, at an affordable price to the public.
  4. Head Straight To The Sale Section – Ignore the full-priced items and aim to buy things from the sale section. If you look hard enough in the messy sale section of retail stores, such as PacSun, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Ragstock, Crossroads Trading Company, and even Free People you are always bound to find something that is below retail price and a good deal. Scanning the entirety of the sale section helps your wallet and your bank account. Waiting until things go onto sale is something that I do. Keep eyeing what you want, and hopefully, fingers crossed, the item will be set aside on the sale racks for you to buy discounted.
  5. Mall Employee Deals – Take advantage of any deals and discounts you may receive if you work at a mall or a shopping district. Always mention that you work around the area in case you are able to get a discount on regular priced items. Some malls offer amazing discounts, such as 10%-20% discounts on their merchandise. Always ask and mention that to any employee that you encounter in your shopping district.
  6. Patience – Being patient and looking carefully, all while comparing prices is vital. As mentioned above, weigh out the pros and the cons, and see whether or not this is an impulse buy or not. If the item you wish to buy is still there next time you return, then perhaps it’s fate that you should buy the item.
  7. Only Buy Full-Priced Items If You CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT IT OR ABSOLUTELY NEED IT – I apply this rule to most of my attire. I refuse to buy anything full price unless I cannot stop thinking about it or actually need the item. Most times, items will always be in stock, unless you wait a few months, especially in regards to retail. In regards to food, do the same. Try to find deals on food items that have a special deal, such as 2 for $7 on an item. Places like King Soopers, Walgreens, Walmart, Safeway, Trader Joes, etc. offer deals on regular priced items. Keep your eyes pealed. Additionally, if you feel as though you will absolutely eat the food, buy it. Make sure to be careful about buying items that you will not eat or use in the future.
  8. Keep Your Eyes Pealed For Additional Discounts & Random Sales – Many retail stores and grocery stores change up their sale and discounted food. Subscribing to online emails allows you to stay updated on current deals that are only for a limited time. Be sure to be aware of them! Shop carefully and smart.
  9. Decide How Much You Want To Spend Ahead Of Time – If you decide a number in your head of how much money you wish to spend a day, you will not only be budgeting, but saving money on the useless crap that fills up our closets, refrigerators, and houses. Shopping is not a sin, however, it is easy for one to get caught up on spending money. Just before you even realize it, all your money is gone. Pulling out a certain amount of cash assists me in budgeting, allowing me only to spend a certain amount of cash.
  10. Sign Up For Their Rewards Program – Sign up for reward programs with as many stores as possible, as you will gain points, while simultaneously spending less money, through the designated program. Most times after a certain amount of money spent at any place, you will receive rewards, discounts, or even gift cards, or free items. Not only are you helping yourself, but you feel less guilty spending money at the location.
  11. Make A List Of Things You Need – This helps, in the case of food, clothing, art supplies, etc. Deciding what you need or truly want is important, so you will not get sidetracked while you are there. All the distractions, especially at the cash register counter, are all items placed strategically so that the customer will spend more money. Go in knowing what you want and need, and always do not hesitate to ask for assistance. A list will allow you to also budget and will give you a general idea of how much money you will be spending. Though this is a little bit harder when it comes to clothing, shoes and accessory shopping, having a general idea of what you are willing to spend and what you are looking for is always key.
  12. Check Out More Than One Store – Look around and be patient with your shopping. Do not just limit yourself to one, single store. Shop around, find deals, compare prices, and find a store that will give you the biggest bang for your buck. I shop around at many retail outlets, being especially selective about prices and the quality of the product. The quality of the product and prices often differ from store-to-store, try to find a reasonably priced retail outlet to get the best deals. Similarly, when it comes to shopping for food, art supplies, interior decoration, school supplies, check out more than one store. All stores are competing with each other to achieve the lowest price for your best dollar. The choices are endless and chances are you will find a place that will satisfy your budget and your needs.
  13. Shop Online – Online stores usually have sales ongoing that most stores do not have. Similarly, the online shops may have more merchandise than that displayed in the stores. Additionally their sale sections are naturally much more organized, with a wider selection. Online sale sections for stores listed above are much more extensive, including more of a variety of the merchandise, than that in store.This list provides a set of rules that you can follow, especially when you are ballin’ on a budget. Save money for all the things you enjoy in life, while also budgeting, and deciphering the pros and cons of the purchase. Shopping smart and hard are always key! Keep your eyes on the prize and realize that deals are out there, as long as you look hard enough.


    xo,Aichan Tewahade