I am cheap, but I love my labels. Don't believe it? Try finding Giorgio Armani, Jeffrey Campbells, Rebecca Minkoff and Madewell for under $300. This is why I love second hand stores. Let's start with the Jeffrey Campbell Lita pumps. I traded in a couple things at the buy/sell/trade shop down the street for these "like new" babies. Even if you had nothing to trade in and bought these platforms outright, they were only marked at $59 there (normally $150-$200)! The Rebecca Minkoff MAC - my absolute favorite bag - was only priced at $120 at a second hand store. I was saving up for the exact same one in Barneys, and saved almost $300 this way. The sunglasses are hilarious, and awesome. They are Giorgio Armani and were only $49. The nude, brown, and tan floral dress is Madewell, and the black leather blazer is Urban Outfitters. The dress was marked down to $40 and the blazer was a steal at $19. All these pieces are a million percent versatile and are staples in my wardrobe. My boyfriend will fight me on this, because he'll claim he's "never seen me wear (the shoes)". That's the truth - I haven't. But I've wanted to own them forever, and didn't have to spend a single dollar on them! They're coming in handy next month as I wear them to strut my stuff down the runway in my best friend's senior fashion show. I absolutely cannot wait to share her work but until then, ogle at this trendy, high-end outfit I'm not actually going to wear today!
Unfortunately, this was not a typical work week. Boston suffered a huge loss during our typically cheerful Boston Marathon. The days since then have been a bit of a blur. There were a few close encounters with loved ones and friends, but everyone I know is safe and sound. Luckily, I wasn't in the area during the bombing, but sadly the same can't be said for the hundreds of injured attendees. As Obama said, "Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people." That's why only two days after this tragedy, benefits and fundraisers are popping up everywhere to raise money for the ones directly affected by this. A few friends of mine are throwing a benefit concert where the proceeds will all go to help support those who need it (details to come!), so any money that's donated to Budgeted Bliss within the month of April will be donated to the fundraiser that they choose to help. Please see the link at the bottom of the page to donate! I'll share the fundraiser at the end of the month with all of you. Take a moment tonight and tell the ones you love that they're on your mind - a text, a tweet, even a Facebook message...anything to show you care.
UPDATE: One hundred percent of donations through April on the blog will go to One Fund. To donate to the benefit concert go here. Twelve Chairs is also donating 100% of sales of every Boston poster that sells to One Fund. Everywhere you look, people are trying to help. Every dollar counts. If you want a different way to give back, thank a soldier, a cop, anyone involved in this past week.
A satisfying Sunday spent in my studded sweater. Alliteration at it's finest! Ha! But really - one of my favorite sweaters is this funny knit granny sweater, with these awesome shoulder studs. I added some other details to tie the semi-boring outfit all together. I found this fabulous piece at a buy/sell/trade shop down the street. It was a whopping $30, and all I did was trade in a few cute tops that I didn't wear anymore in so I didn't have to pay a cent out of pocket. I totally recommend looking into second hand stores for awesome staples. Be sure to double check the condition before leaving the store though - most second hand shops' return policies are pretty strict. I'll be sure to share my cheap finds and give you tips and tricks on how to find yours. Use my contact page to send me some of your awesome apparel too!
Although I'm super excited to update my blog regularly, I have to find time to manage it in between my work schedule. Bear with me as I find a good balance. I work at the adorable shop + studio, Twelve Chairs. It's located in Boston's historical Fort Point neighborhood. It's a must see if you're in the city! We've been voted Best of Boston, and we're featured in Wallpaper City Guide. I started working there in December and got to leave my crappy standard retail job shortly after. I help run the shop side of the business - merchandising, paperwork, customer relations, etc. It's the idealllll job for me as I decide between working with fashion or furniture. Since I regularly post to the Twelve Chairs Instagram page (twelvechairsboston) I'm often able to take pictures of the shop. Below are general photos of the shop, but I'll try to post some of my merchandising on the blog from here on out. The two owners, Roisin + Miggy, are super helpful and understanding. By my last shift each week, my brain is a little fried, but I normally have no complaints! Feel free to look through their webshop and order some goodies. It'll be personally packed by yours truly!
I spent last night with my former roommate and great friend, Amber. We were brainstorming ideas for an up-and-coming art installation project we're trying to propose to a gallery in Western Mass. I'll keep you all updated with details! It's pretty common when Amber and I get together to listen to 90s pop, drink beer, and talk about our obsession with Justin Timberlake ... yesterday was no different. From N'Sync to Mandy Moore to Omarion to A-Teens, we listened to it all. More importantly, we created a solid idea for the installation piece and should be mocking it up soon enough.
Today, I locked myself inside and baked a cake and cookies for the boy. We ended up with some pretty delicious snacks! While you're enjoying the Spring weather today (And hopefully you're outside!), take a moment of your life, step inside, and watch Mandy Moore's lip-singing in "Candy" - Do it. You'll be happy you never put fish lips like that on MTV.
Inside scoop is a blog segment that will give you a quick peek at our somewhat crappy apartment as we try our hardest to make it look presentable. The bedroom seemed like a good place to start since it has been an ongoing task. Brandon and I are updating our pieces slowly but surely. We sat down and planned out our dream room and are buying each part, piece by piece as we can afford it. So far, we've bought our two favorite blankets, and a cheap version of our dream chair. We're making progress! Half the bedroom acts as Brandon's studio, part of it holds my abundance of clothes, some of it presents my vintage collection, and all of that falls apart when Oliver (the cat) and I make a mess in it. All in all, it's comfy, cozy, and has my bed in it, so it's clearly the best room in the apartment.
Today I visited my boyfriends studio while he prepped his work for his senior show. It's so exciting to see this work grow! I hope to visit more of my friends workspaces and share them later on, but Brandon gets first dibs.
MRBA is a painter who lives in Boston, MA with his beauuuutiful girlfriend (ME), adorable cat, and two roommates. He creates vibrant large-scale works that illustrate a loosely followed story about this strange world he imagined. In this world, rules don't exist, and either do fashion trends. While the characters may dress like my style icon and famous blogger, Man Repeller, some casually dressed humans are allowed to travel to this colorful land as well.
Come see his work at his two upcoming shows -
April 25 - Gallery at University Hall
May 31 - Voltage Coffee and Art
OK - I lied. I was born and raised in New England. I'm currently a college student taking up space in a twenty-something-year-old-filled apartment in Boston. I have the most wonderful boyfriend and cat in the universe, and they help me forget the troubles that come along with balancing school and work. I wanted a blog to share tips, tricks, and ideas on how to manage it all - school, work, relationships, being the funniest person in the world. I refuse to live in a beer bottle filled apartment cleaning up party after party, only to find out someone threw up in your shower and clogged the drain. I want to live an adult lifestyle on a college wage. I want to live in a blissfully budgeted dream land, or at least pretend.