Winter

Frugal Friday: Fashion

Photo Via New York Mag/The Cut

Photo Via New York Mag/The Cut

I love a winter look with an unexpected color palette! While I love greys and blacks just as much as the next person, sometimes my eyes are tired of the muted colors all around me and crave color in the winter. Today's Frugal Friday inspiration photo is satisfying that craving. With a dusty pink coat, pale blues, and fun accessories, this outfit shakes things up from the day to day brown boots, leggings, and oversized sweaters. It's a little bit glam, a little bit casual, and a lot cute.

I found this inspiration photo from New York Magazine online and loved the fun use of spring colors and the mixing of so many different looks into one, cohesive outfit. Let's recreate this pretty look on a reasonable budget, shall we? 

Recreating a high-end look becomes much easier when the main pieces are simple, and the accessories are funky and trendy. This way, you can find pieces that you wont wear as often at a cheaper price and not worry about splurging on a $500 faux fur handbag you will wear 4 times. 

I chose all discount items for this Frugal Friday look, but as always, I recommend investing in the pieces that will stand the test of time like good quality jeans, a nice warm coat, and always, always wear shoes that are comfortable! Nothing looks quite so fashionable as someone hobbling like a newborn giraffe in heels that are causing extreme pain. 

Below are the links to where you can find the pieces for this look for under $200!

Chambray Shirt, Target, $22.99 / Light Blue Jeggings, American Eagle, $39.95 / Bouclé Coat, H&M, $25 sale / BCBG Paris Jaze Metallic Pump, DSW, $59.95 / River Island Claudia Sunglasses, ASOS, $24.64

Winter Cocktails (+ West Elm Glassware)

What's the best part about the holidays? Family time? Presents? Reflecting on all we have to be thankful for and the cheer of the season? Or how about...PARTIES! I'd say that all of those things are the best thing about the winter months. From Thanksgiving through New Years, the festive spirit is all around and everyone is opening their hearts and doors to friends and family to celebrate. If you're planning to have a get-together with your loved ones this winter, we've got a collection of yummy winter cocktails and beautiful West Elm glassware to serve them in to inspire your next gathering. 

West Elm Metallic-Print Glassware

West Elm Metallic-Print Glassware

The Gingerbread Man*:

Shake together with ice and pour into on of the beautiful West Elm Metallic-Print Glassware pieces )set of 4 for $34). Add a cinnamon stick for garnish if you're feeling fancy.

The recipe above makes one drink. You can print out several recipe cards on pretty paper and put them on a drink cart for guests to serve themselves and try making their own drinks. 

*Original DrinksMixer.com recipe

West Elm Mid-Century Bar Cart, $350

West Elm Mid-Century Bar Cart, $350

I love this West Elm Mid-Century Bar Cart, $350 which has ample storage for a variety of glasses, bottles, and recipe cards. These are very useful items to add to your home. They are there when you need them and roll away when you need more space.

West Elm Recycled Wine Punt Glassware

West Elm Recycled Wine Punt Glassware

Pomegranate Sangria*:

  • 1 (750-mL) bottle red wine (I used Pinot Noir)
  • 2 cups Pomegranate juice
  • 2/3 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 pears, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • Pomegranate seeds, for garnish

In a large pitcher, stir together the wine, Pomegranate juice, brandy, and orange juice.  Add the apples and pears, and refrigerate for several hours, but preferably overnight.  Sprinkle pomegranate seeds into each glass before serving. Serve in West Elm Recycled Wine Punt Glassware (set of 4 for $19.99)!

*Pink Parsley original recipe

 

West Elm Quilted Acrylic Drinkware

West Elm Quilted Acrylic Drinkware

Old-Fashioned

  • 2 oz. Blended Whisky
  • 2 dashes Bitters
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • Splash of Soda
  • 1 strip Orange Peel
  • 1 strip Lemon Peel

Muddle the sugar and bitters together in a West Elm Quilted Acrylic Glass (set of 4 for $16-20). Add some ice, soda, and whisky. Stir and garnish with the orange and lemon peels. A manly drink sure to warm up the most icy-hearted Scrooge!

West Elm Vintage Style Stemware

West Elm Vintage Style Stemware

Dominicana*

  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces añejo rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces coffee liqueur

In a cocktail shaker, combine the cream, Simple Syrup and 1 ice cube. Shake well to aerate the cream and melt the ice. Fill a pint glass with ice. Add the rum and liqueur; stir well. Strain into a chilled West Elm Vintage Style Stemware glass (set of 4 for $32). Spoon the whipped cream on top.

*Food and Wine original recipe

  

Winter Skincare Tips

Here in Atlanta, it isn't very cold yet, but we have had a few snaps of chilly weather here and there. Despite the 70 degree days into December, the air is still dry and that means a change needs to be made to your daily skincare regimen!

Recently, I talked to my good friend Carly Holloway, a skincare expert and makeup artist, about what to do for your skin during the winter months to keep that healthy glow and avoid the dreaded flaky look. Here is what she said you need to do to look beautiful all year long:

1. Switch up Your Regimen 

Image via  Google  search

Image via Google search

Make sure you moisturize every single day. You may want to switch your cleanser to something more creamy and gentle so you don't strip your skin of the precious oils it needs this time of year, and take it easy on strong astringents or other more harsh cleansing products. Continue to reach for moisturizing makeup products but be sure to avoid lotions and foundations containing oil since that can cause breakouts. 

2. Splurge on Professional Treatments

Image via  Google  search

Image via Google search

Now is a great time to splurge on professional care like a microdermabrasion treatment, if you can afford it. If not, you can splurge on the next best thing and get a Clarisonic cleaning system (pictured above). These treatments remove dead skin and impuritites from your skin revealing a layer of new, beautiful skin beneath it. Both can be pricey, so this is a great time to add something to your Christmas wish list or to start saving! 

Another professional service Carly recommends is a silk peel. Silk peels infuse your skin with a solution tailored to what it needs. If you're interested in any of these treatments, be sure to talk to your dermatologist or find a licensed skincare specialist to give you the expert advice and treatment your skin needs.

3. See Your Doctor

A yearly visit to a dermatologist is very important! Each year, you should see your doctor for an examination to screen for skin cancer or other diseases. Now is a great time to make an appointment since most procedures at the dermatologist require that you not be exposed to much sunlight afterwards--this may make dipping into the pool in the summer months a bit of a challenge, so it is recommended that you see your doctor now.

4. Try Some New Products

Image via  Skinseuticals

Image via Skinseuticals

I love trying new products, but I want to know they've been tried and tested first. Thankfully for all of us, Carly has some recommendations of great products to try and some to skip.

1. Eye creams are not worth $400. You do not need to splurge on something like a really fancy eye cream, save your money there and invest it in more substantial products you will get more use out of.

2. Dove makes a fantastic bar of soap! Carly has been using a Dove Beauty Bar to wash her face and says it is fantastic*!

3. For a little fancier skincare product that works wonders, try Skinceutical- B5 Hydrating Masque.  Ever have that flaky skin issue in the winter when your makeup clings to areas you simply wanted to cover, not call attention to? Well, not any more if you try this! Try this two ways: put on a thin layer, go to sleep, wash face like normal in the morning, OR put on a thin layer, start rinsing a little, (it will be really slippery) then pat dry with a towel. Flaky skin is GONE! 

 


5. Take Care of Yourself

These few tips pretty much go for everything in life: eat well, get a good night's sleep, drink plenty of water, and wear a sunscreen moisturizer every day! 

 

*After 4-5 weeks of use, so this has not be an exhaustive study yet. Carly recommends trying it for yourself and so do we! It's gentle and affordable and online reviews are excellent. 



Frugal Friday Fashion: Winter Looks

What's your favorite thing to search on Pinterest? For me, it's a toss up between new ways to braid my hair, interior design and outfits. It's great for days when you're feeling uninspired to hop on Pinterest and see what other people are doing with their winter wardrobe. A couple of weeks ago, I felt inspired, went shopping and then we played dress up! Christina took some pretty pictures to hopefully give you some ideas for those days when you just can't decide what to wear. 

Today, we're sharing with you 4 fun winter outfits, where to get the pieces, and how to do it on a budget!

Outfit #1: Faux Fur Vest + Purple Bag

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge Modeled by Alexandra Hernandez

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge Modeled by Alexandra Hernandez

This look is really fun and very simple to pull together. All you need this:

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge  Modeled by Alexandra Hernandez

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge Modeled by Alexandra Hernandez

If i had to guess, I'd say you probably have the basics already and may only need to find a good faux fur vest and perhaps a colorful handbag. When wearing a faux fur vest, I suggest keeping the rest of your look understated and neutral (except for a pop of color in a piece of jewelry or handbag).

Outfit #2: Complimentary Colors + Leopard

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge  Modeled by Susie Roupe

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge Modeled by Susie Roupe

I absolutely love mixing and matching patterns, textures, and colors. It's a fun way to make an outfit go from pretty to super pretty and interesting. When mixing and matching like this, ground your look in a color scheme to maintain continuity. In this outfit, I used blues and greys which were repeated throughout the look. The leopard print top picks up on the blue and grey colors which are echoed throughout the outfit in the shoes, bag, and coat. The skirt, a nice bright yellow, is complimentary to the blue and is a fun and unexpected color in cold winter months.

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge  Modeled by Susie Roupe

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge Modeled by Susie Roupe

Here are the ingredients for this look:

Outfit #3 Black + Black + Gold + Green

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge  Modeled by Alexandra Hernandez

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge Modeled by Alexandra Hernandez

Black is chic. It just is! In the cold winter months, darker, more moody colors have their time to shine, and we think this is a great way to do it. It's comfy with the oversized sweater and tights, and sweet with the pleated skirt. 

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge  Modeled by Alexandra Hernandez

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge Modeled by Alexandra Hernandez

Here is what you need to look as chic as Alex:

  • Black Oversized Sweater (H&M $17.95)
  • Black Pleated Skirt (H&M $15 Similar)
  • Black Patterned Tights (Already owned $10 Similar)
  • Gold Statement Necklace (H&M $12.95 Similar)
  • Gold and White Watch (ASOS $43 Similar)
  • Green Clutch (Already owned $25 Similar)
  • Cuff bracelet (Macy's $65 Similar)
  • Black booties (Macy's $94.99 Similar)*

Outfit #4 Boots My Family Will Hate + Faux Fur Infiniti Scarf

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge  Modeled by Susie Roupe

Styled by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge Modeled by Susie Roupe

I like this outfit because of the variety of textures with only subtle differences in colors. Grandmama and Mama, I know you both hate these boots, don't worry, I wont be wearing them to Christmas dinner :) But for those of you who don't hate them, I'll tell you where to get them!

Styled by Susie Roupe Photo by Christina Wedge  Modeled by Alexandra Hernandez and Susie Roupe

Styled by Susie Roupe Photo by Christina Wedge Modeled by Alexandra Hernandez and Susie Roupe

And there you have it! A simple recipe for 4 fun winter looks.

Style by Susie Roupe Photo by Christina Wedge Bunny Ears by Alexandra Hernandez ;)

Style by Susie Roupe Photo by Christina Wedge Bunny Ears by Alexandra Hernandez ;)

We hope you'll have as much fun as we did styling your own winter looks. Connect with us by using #endsinstyle and show us your favorite winter outfits! 

*For years, I thought anything approaching the $100 mark was not to be considered "budget". However, I suggest putting your clothing budget towards high quality shoes and coats in the winter. You don't need to spend $1,000 on a coat or $500 on shoes to get high quality. A good coat will last you years as will the shoes--and they will keep you from needing to spend extra money seeing a podiatrist. Invest in the staples, save on the trendy items.