#frugalfashionista: f21 finds

I’m not a huge fan of forever21 anymore, after all I’m not longer 21 and as you get older you usually have a salary that allows you to buy better quality. Every once in a while though I still pop in for a thing or two, like these quick pick me up accessories. 
An edgy gold necklace with simple lines to pop a simple black dress. Or this bright red pop of color of an accessory to contrast a tonal outfit. 
What are your fav finds at f21?
Much love -MA
  

   

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#frugalfashionista: show me the sample sale!!!

  
One of my favorite benefits as a fashion designer is that time of year when sample sale hits. That wonderful time when our corporate closets are too full of inspirational and production samples that we need to purge them. Thus they end up in the glorious sample sale for all to purchase for their own closets at a fraction of the cost. Severe savings! 

Corporate employees had the advantage of pre-shopping the sale, and boy did I have a ball with that. I reached for some fall wardrobe updates and spent only $40 in round 1. Round 2 I brought my mom for when the sale was open to the public. What did I scoop up? 5 pairs of various flats, a cloche, jewelry, and some beautiful gifting items! 

I left that sale feeling accomplished and spent no more than $200 on everything. What a treat! What a great new fall wardrobe too! 

Shopping Justice sample sales were fun, but I’d have to say shopping the talbots sample sale was even better because I could actually shop for me this time around. And the quality 👌🏻

Much love – MA

   
   

#frugalfashionista: local love 

Ive lived in various locations and plan to continue that for a while but ohio will always be my home state. This was definitely one of the cutest and yet simplest ways to show some local love. 

Right in the short north district amid many other shops sits tigertree. I plucked this charmer off one of their cabinet shelves. Only $14! 

O-H!!

Much love -MA

  

#frugalfashionista’s fabulous birthday

25th birthday. Mine. A quarter of your life has gone by. That’s a pretty significant mile marker to me and so I felt I would treat myself. I’m in love with Kate Spade’s dainty jewelry. So simple, clean, and flirty. They have their zodiac collection of charm bangles out, and while I’m usually not one for zodiac jewelry I couldn’t get over how sweet these ones were. Each zodiac sign had it’s own special saying on the back, and I felt that mine couldn’t be more fitting! 

“She imagines the possibilities” 

Happy 25th birthday to me! 

Much love -MA

   
 

#frugalfashionista : presenting big ideas

We had a design edits meeting that day, and it would be the first time that I got to present for the team. I was presenting our doll clothes concept. So naturally I needed to be extra sharp. 

I loved how loud this pink necklace was especially against the black and white print. So there it was nice and clear! A loud statement! My presentation was too of course 😉

Much love – MA