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Fashion Find: Beauty and the Boss

Beauty and the Boss

Greetings Socialites! Today’s Fashion Find is brought to you by the letter B; as in Beauty Boss! One thing I’ve learned from being in the corporate and fashion arena is you can always look professional without sacrificing your personal fashion sense. I found this amazing lavender, faux wrap midi dress on one of my Etsy.com raids and it is an example of how you can be a beauty and a boss at the same time! And she’s available for *drum roll*…$14 (click here to purchase). This is what we like to call “beauty without breaking the bank!”

Boss dress

This dress definitely doesn’t skimp on style options so here’s one way you can rock it and own it. For a day at the office, we decided to keep it trendy with this maroon toned blazer (available here), which can be turned into a cropped blazer with the flick of a zipper. We also added a neutral belt (available here) to cinch in that waist and decided to go neutral for the shoe (available here) as well. Of course, with a v neckline we had to add a pop of color with this awesome necklace (available here), sprinkled with an apple green and a hint of yellow.  And no socialite should go anywhere without a chic bag (available here), like this tan one we found at Modcloth. Keep in mind that this look can easily be a “Day to Night” outfit by simply slipping off the blazer.

So, Fashion Mavens, be sure to remember that a Beauty can DEFINITELY be a boss! Happy Findings!

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Contributor | Cadian Carter
As a lover of fashion, Blogger Cadian Carter got her first job working at indie fashion publication, V Magazine. Now she is a freelance writer helping women embrace their own personal style, one fashion find at a time.

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Blurring The Line Between Frugal and Fabulous!

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When you start talking personal finance, saving money and living a frugal lifestyle there are usually a ton of groans that follow.

Everyone wants to live the fabulous life of their dreams… But our pockets are always that unpleasant reality check we don’t want to cash.

Everyone wants to save money.. but our desire for a fabulous lifestyle and the reality of our pockets + bills often leads us to believe that saving is IMPOSSIBLE.

Then you hear the words “Live a Frugal life” and you cringe, don’t you? There is nothing fabulous about being frugal or so you think. But its been my experience since welcoming frugal into my vocab, this misconception is so far from the truth. Frugal is one of those words often misused as a synonym for cheapskate, but it isn’t just some secret code word for self deprivation. It simply means you aren’t wasteful with your resources and boy-oh-boy, you hate being ripped off!

Frugalous!

How does one blur the line between frugal and fabulous? Well that’s what The Budget Socialite is all about! Creating that hybrid of frugal and fabulous! Adopting a new lifestyle that I like to call… Frugalous!

The secret? Being “Frugalous” allows you to enjoying all the fabulous things life has to offer while still maintaining a nice cushion for yourself. I mean what else would you expect from a blog called The Budget Socialite.

Can you still go shopping? Yes! Brunch with friends? Absolutely! Happy Hour? *raises glass* Yes!

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Notice we haven’t deprived ourselves of anything we love yet! Yippee! *throws pink confetti*

There is only one major concept you have to adopt to live the Frugalous Life though.. what??? You thought there weren’t going to be any requirements?? C’mon! But it’s pretty simple!

 Money is a valuable tool and resource that allows me to explore my options and opportunities. Tweet This

Take that mantra and really let it marinate in your mind. Read it again, come back tomorrow, print it out and hang it on your fridge, your bathroom mirror and in your work cubicle. The moment it clicks for you, that’s the moment you will be on the road to being Frugalous!

When you enter the world of the frugalous you will realize instant gratification is short-lived and often ends with the trend, fad or season. Remember those trucker caps you bought? Boot cut jeans, cool lots? Where are they now! Stuffed in the back of your closet right??

Less is more, really…

The more stuff we buy the less resources and space we have. It clutters our closets, apartments, minds.. Yet empties our bank accounts. George Carlin once said… A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it. Seriously. Think about it.

As a monthly contributor to The Budget Socialite I’m going to help you create and understand your financial goals. We’re going to write them down and make them real!  We’ll also create a timeline of when you’d like to accomplish said goals. Giving yourself a deadline will help you commit to your financial goals and the more you value your goals the less self deprived you’ll feel for random STUFF! You’ll understand that budgeting for the things you want and can afford means you can still be as fabulous as you want to be without ever compromises your goals.

Are you ready to became frugal and fabulous? Frugalous! Have any tips to share? Let us know in the comments. See you next month!

(Image Source: Daily Cup of Couture | coutureeventsbylottie)

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Contributor | Carrie Pink
A reformed shopaholic, money MIS-manager & Chief Mom. Her taste is still champagne & croissants with balanced saving, spending & investing. Follow her recipe to true financial happiness!

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A Drugstore Look: Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle

At a bare minimum the “smokey eye” consists of 4 components: primer, lid, crease, and highlight. To the everyday belle, using a multitude of shades is not only intimidating, but flashes dollar signs. Enter Revlon’s PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle collection. These handy little palettes are not only affordable (you can nab them for under $7 just by shopping around your local drugstores!), but they are designed to be a one-stop-shop for dimensional eyeshadow looks with minimal effort.

While I haven’t been able to try all eight palettes, my pick is Metropolitan. The colors are neutral, yet buildable, and undeniably feminine.

Revlon PhotoReady Primer - Metropolitan

Revlon PhotoReady Primer Metropolitan - Shade Swatches

Primer: A sheer, shimmering, flesh tone shade with 8-hour priming claims (ahem, malarkey).  It also works nicely as a highlight for the inner corner and brow bone.

Glitter: To bump up the sparkle, add this copper shade filled with golden nuggets of delight. When doing so, be careful of fall out – upon initial application I noticed some flecks of glitter on my cheeks.

Lid: A deep brown, matte shade perfect for deepening up the “outer V” of the eye, and easily blended.

Crease:  A shimmering, silvery taupe. While it’s a gorgeous shade, I always stay clear of adding heavy shimmer to the crease. If you have fine lines or a slight hooded eye from age, shimmering creases can look dated. In my opinion, this shade is best suited as an alternate lid color.

Highlight: While very similar to the primer color, the highlight has a peach undertone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show up so well on fairer skin.

My two cents:

  • I still suggest using a standard primer prior to applying these shadows to 1.) Make the colors pop and B.) Avoid creasing.
  • Use them wet or dry! The dark lid shade is perfect as a subtle liner when used wet.
  • Knock-off the excess. These shades are a bit powdery, so tap that brush before application to avoid fallout.
  • I would re-purchase. I always seem to find shades in palettes that I don’t like or that I would swap out, but that’s just the nature of the product. You can’t go wrong with this price.

What do you think of Revlon PhotoReady Primer? Do you have any drugstore favorites? Let us know in the comments.

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Contributor | Lauralai Clymer
Lauralai is a beauty absorbed YouTuber and blogger. She strives to deliver tips, tricks and trends that are both practical and fabulous while being as honest and open as she is with her closest girlfriends.

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