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Hello & welcome to my fashion & lifestyle blog, Style My Mind! Here I post weekly about affordable fashion trends, but ya know, like real affordable! My favorite products, beauty routines & lifestyle experiences! I'm a girls-girl who loves the outdoors, white tee shirts & Disney World. Join me on my journey!

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Shopping on a budget get can be difficult especially if you follow bloggers who are constantly buying the newest clothes and products. I never pay full price for anything unless it is something I sincerely cannot live without. Guess what? It does go on sale! So unless it's something you are shopping for like an event, I would wait it out.

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Shopping on a budget get can be difficult especially if you follow bloggers who are constantly buying the newest clothes and products. I never pay full price for anything unless it is something I sincerely cannot live without. Guess what? It does go on sale! So unless it's something you are shopping for like an event, I would wait it out.

Nordstrom

As stated previously, I started shopping more at Nordstrom. I used to be a Macy's girl but their clothing has went down hill unfortunately. I did get a Nordstrom store card so I could shop the N sale early access in July.

What I learned from the N Sale:

1. Go early! I got the early access and went at like noon the day it opened and there were still things I could not get because they were already out of my size. 

2. Buy staples like tees, tanks, denims, sweaters, booties. The tees were like $9-14 down from $17-25. The sweaters were down to $25 frpm $45. I didn't buy any jeans because I have too many but those sales were great too. 

3. Keep an eye online because people return things and they will add it. There is still one tank I am waiting to get restocked in my size. 

OK so I still shop Nordstrom because they have sales constantly. I still have not bought anything full price and if you have a card for every $1 spent you get point and get "notes". So I just got a $20 "note" and I bought the MAC foundation I have wanted and had to pay $12. They always have free shipping too.

Amazon

I constantly buy clothing on Amazon. A lot of times if I see something that is just not what I want to pay I will look for dupes on Amazon. Now they have a new program where you can order clothes and try them on before you buy them! I haven't tried it, but I have a friend who did and she really liked it. I will say to be careful when ordering from Amazon with sizing. Check the chart and go by your measurements not your size.

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SHEIN

Shein is a website for discounted clothing (I believe from China) however the quality is very, very good. You can get designer dupes for more than half the price. I bought a Blank NYC dupe leather jacket last year and it's bad ass. The sizing is pretty accurate. Most places from China run small, this one is pretty good but again go by measurements not sizing. The swimwear does run smaller, I wear a large in their swim and I am a size 4. It's great for sweaters and I love for photoshoots! If you order over $100 you get express shipping and will arrive within a week. Normally shipping is about 2 weeks. Their return process is very good as well. You do it all online. Here are some of my fave picks for fall!

 

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Jenn

 

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very season there are new fads and trends popping up but we will always have our must-have staples! Last week I talked about the perfect T, which is a staple for any season in my opinion. This week I am going into my top fall must haves for this season.





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Every season there are new fads and trends popping up but we will always have our must-have staples! Last week I talked about the perfect T, which is a staple for any season in my opinion. This week I am going into my top fall must haves for this season.

The outfit I am wearing is my idea of a perfect fall ensemble. And YES you can wear white after Labor Day, so let's get that elephant out of the room right now. My go-to '18 fall fash is totally slouchy sweaters with a great bralet. I love the V neck sweaters or shirts that allow you to show some skin. This sweater is BP from Nordstrom and the bralet is Free People. I paired it with these perfect white denims by Juicy Couture and a burnt tan peep-toe bootie. So real quick, I did not think I liked a peep-toe bootie until I got a pair two years ago and now I decided they are the perfect Florida shoe for all year 'round. This sweater is super cozy yet thin enough for you to wear during transitional months like September and October. Throw on a cool pair of shades and some drop earrings to dress it up. I linked this look above!

In the next few sections I am showcasing my fave finds for six categories.

FAVE TOP FINDS

FAVE PANT FINDS

FAVE SHOE FINDS

FAVE BAG FINDS

FAVE HAIR CARE FINDS (I actually use ALL of these products)

FAVE BEAUTY FINDS

 

 

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The last year I have taken a whole new approach in my shopping skill. I used to be one that needed many things (my mom was always this way) but this year when I moved I got rid of 6 trash bags worth of clothes. Yes S I X and then I have a whole rack of clothes I am selling on Poshmark and I am still overwhelmed with the amount I have.

The last year I have taken a whole new approach in my shopping skill. I used to be one that needed many things (my mom was always this way) but this year when I moved I got rid of 6 trash bags worth of clothes. Yes S I X and then I have a whole rack of clothes I am selling on Poshmark and I am still overwhelmed with the amount I have.

I am over not being able to find things until I am physically "cleaning out my closet". I find things constantly and I do this like "OMG I love this and haven't worn it in ages!" Yeah, because you couldn't find it Jenn. This is borderline hoarding. Joyce Meyer says people hold on to things because someday we may wear it, or someday we may need it… yeah but then when you do you can't find it because you have too much stuff!

 



I am taking a new approach heading into the fall months and buying quality items over quantity. I started shopping mostly at Nordstrom now buying really well-made clothing during sale events. I did a haul during the Nordstrom N Sale and got about 6 pieces for $150 which is really good for Nordstrom. I bought this adorable Socialite Front Tie dress which was on sale for $35 and this Wool Panama hat for $39. Then over the Labor Day sale I got two tanks I have been waiting to drop in price (in scroll below), one for $41 and the other for $35. I have always been someone who spent <$20 but now looking back at those pieces from Target or wherever, I have only worn it maybe 1-2x and gotten rid of them! The Chelsea lace tank was also on sale for $40 (cannot find so linking another one here for $42) and I snagged that baby and the Wayf Posie camisole for $32! 

So my new plan is to declutter the closet and simplify my wardrobe with only high quality, must-have pieces.

I have been holding onto dresses from 4-5 years ago that I have not worn since then. Like, seriously? A deep V neck sparkly dress? Yeah ok what about a wedding? What about NYE? Chances are with my track record I will be in the wedding, and I hate NYE so it's gotta go!

Here are some higher-end items at great prices; oh and my favorite line at Nordstrom is BP. Great quality at great prices. 

 

 

 

Simplify our lives, our minds and our eating ladies! These are 3 components of a happy life!

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Jenn

 

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Someone once told me my style is "country chic". Initially, I was super irritated by this comment. But the more I get comfortable with myself and my style I realize that sometimes I am a little bit country!

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Someone once told me my style is "country chic". Initially, I was super irritated by this comment. But the more I get comfortable with myself and my style I realize that sometimes I am a little bit country, so what!

I was born and raised in southern New Jersey next to Philadelphia. Know what's there? Corn, cows and farm land. Of course I am a little bit country. I started listening to country music when I was 18 years old and haven't stopped yet. I feel like this outfit describes my personality the best.

I am comfortable camping in a tent (I actually can pitch a tent and anchor a boat and bait my own fishing rod!) using baby wipes and dry shampoo for three days but also dressing up to the nine and holding my own at a 5 star restaurant. I am girly, but I also am very down to earth. I have slept outside in tents, on trampolines and front lawns! I also have spent evening in top of the line hotels with the best mattresses ever created. I love either, just depends on who I am with and the time of year. I still have not camped on the beach yet though.. Fort De Soto anyone?!

So I learned to embrace who I am because after all that is what fashion is all about. Showing the world who you are through the expression of art on your bod! That's how I got the inspriation for this look. I love the mauve still and glad it's still here for fall '18, and love anything with denim shorts. I thought you know what would be adorable, my camo hat and some pearls to soften the look. It's not for everyone, but again, own who you are and wear it proudly. 

Fun facts:

I am not bugged by bugs, I will kill those SOBs with no problem

I don't mind getting dirty

I grew up with my dad always having a boat so I know how to anchor and work that baby pretty well

I like to crab with fish heads and raw chicken on a string

I used to camp in my backyard every weekend with my cousins when I was younger in a tree house my dad built me

One day when I was a tot, my dad took me and my cousins on a party boat for 5 hours and we all chugged Kool-Aid Burst, and then we all puked for 3 hours. Clearly deep sea fishing is not my forte!

My favorite hotel bed is the Sofitel

I am a Hilton girl though, my favorite one is in Disney Springs (Palace)

I would rather eat crabs with my fingers and drink beer then go to a fancy dinner (most of the time)

I love laying in plush grass, or running in it with barefeet; simple pleasure

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Jenn

 

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So over the summer one of my go-to recipes was homemade guacamole & baked corn chips. I like making my own chips because it's way healthier & I love the consistency. So I decided to let everyone in on my secrets!

 

So over the summer one of my go-to recipes was homemade guacamole & baked corn chips. I like making my own chips because it's way healthier & I love the consistency. So I decided to let everyone in on my secrets!

Also, if anyone is looking for a gift to get me I really need a stone bowl for guac. Ok thanks!

Ingredients
(makes enough for 3-4 people)

2 ripe avocados
Half of a tomato (I like firmer tomatoes for this)
A ton of cilantro
Half of a lime
Chopped garlic
Avocado Oil
Salt
Pepper
Onion Powder
Corn tortillas

Directions:

The best way to cut an avocado is right down the middle, split it and take out the pit. Peel the skin back & throw it in a bowl. Rinse tomato & your cilantro. Chop both up finely. Throw that into the bowl. I do not measure my dry ingredients I do it to taste. Start with a little & add more as you go. I like a lot of cilantro & a lot of lime. I do not like real onion because it's too much so that is why I use the powder. Since I sadly do not have a guac bowl I use a fork & mash to consistency you like. I like mine chunky.

 

For the chips, take a pan and grease it with avocado oil and so the same with your tortillas. I make four at a time. Lay them on the pan & sprinkle with paprika. Pre-heat the oven to 475 and bake for 8 min. Let them cool & then use a pizza cutter to cut.

Enjoy!!


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Jenn

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The best advice I can give a new blogger is to invest in your photos. I always had friends taking mine but I realized the more interest I was recieving from companies to help promote their brands, the better quality my photos needed to be. Branding and consistency  are some of the most important aspects of a persons business. People like a clean look on a website and photos. So, this year I decided to hire a professional ongoing photographer.

The best advice I can give a new blogger is to invest in your photos. I always had friends taking mine but I realized the more interest I was recieving from companies to help promote their brands, the better quality my photos needed to be. Branding and consistency  are some of the most important aspects of a persons business. People like a clean look on a website and photos. So, this year I decided to hire a professional ongoing photographer.

Why I love social media.

I went onto Instagram and looked up the hashtag #tampaphotograhers. I spent a few hours looking through and researching the diffrent photographers work, websites and about them. It is very imporant to mesh well with the people you work with, so having things in common and the same values and views are important. 

I found Audra Nicole on IG and I was immediately attracted to her photos. I am a big lover of natural light in my photos and my life in general. Her photos were clean, light, bright and full of personality. I went to her website which was also the same. I read about her and we had some things in common; 

1. We both love Jesus

2. We both love Disney World

3. We both love fashion

I think these three things are some of the most important qualities a person can have haha. So, I took a chance and direct messaged her. I told her what I was looking for and even though she had not been doing bloggers I knew she would do a great job; she said LET'S DO IT! She was looking to change away from families and do more branding so it was perfect timing. 

My first shoot was really fun and I liked working with her. Although I had been blogging for about two years now, she gave me so many great pointers to make my photos look better. She always listens to my opinions and takes into consideration my ideas and plans for each look. She knows my pain points on my body (arms cough cough) so she always makes sure those little areas are what I would be ok with. She shows me photos she does not like I would like so I can adjust and fix my body or clothing imperfections to retake it. I never have to re-edit my photos, she does a great job and gets them back to me within 1 week of the shoot. She is always up for props and trying different locations and is ALWAYS on time! She is a busy mom of 3 with a full-time job and a photography business... the term "superwoman" is an understatement. Check out her website and book a session; tell her Jenn sent you!

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Jenn

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Some days are not easy, some days are really hard and sometimes it's not a day that is hard, it's a month, or months. For me, it was 3 months of unhappiness. I'm not ashamed in admitting it because we all get into ruts. I already toldja about my anxiety which of course played a large part in the unhappiness. What I learned though during this years' storm is sometimes we have to choose to be happy, it doesn't just happen.

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Some days are not easy, some days are really hard and sometimes it's not a day that is hard, it's a month, or months. For me, it was 3 months of unhappiness. I'm not ashamed in admitting it because we all get into ruts. I already toldja about my anxiety which of course played a large part in the unhappiness. What I learned though during this years' storm is sometimes we have to choose to be happy, it doesn't just happen.

No matter what was going on or what I was doing I just could not find pure joy in anything and I was so frustrated and mad with myself. I would go through spurts of crying and feeling really down for no reason. I have lived alone for a long time now and it never made me feel lonely but when I moved into my new place, which is very big and wide open it made me feel super alone. So I needed to play around a little bit with the "vibes" of the apartment to feel more welcome.

I am a firm believer in feng shui and how a room can literally make your mood. Since I moved in, my bedroom just felt off. I don't know why but it did and everyone that stayed over felt the same way. It just wasn't cozy, and not a place I wanted to be. So when my sister came we re-vamped the room and changed it around until we both felt more at home. And now I love the room and I love being in there.

Ok that was one thing I changed. The next, I needed to make more time for God first! I am not a morning person so waking up to read 3 pages of the Bible is not realistic for me. I do read the daily scripture on the Bible app but I know at night is my time for me when I can be quiet and read so that is what I do; no TV, no phone, just my Bible and a cup of tea and I read and underline what I want to take into the next day with me.

I have to do cardio everyday. If not, it makes me feel miserable. I don't go crazy, maybe a good 2-3 miles but I like going at night, at sunset and jog on the water around my house! It makes me feel calm. I do this and then have my cup of Aveda Tea every night!

I started to realize that even though these things made me feel better, they are mundane and repetitive and not going to make me happy… I just needed to wake up and decide to be happy everyday. I cut people out of my life who were not good for my soul. And with that it was like an anchor that had been holding me back was cut loose and I could be me again.

There are things that people are not going to like about us or things that people expect of us that we don't like. Me especially because I am a perfectionist have to remember not to let this get to me because if I do it will bring me down and drag me around. Remembering to do my best and do it with a smile is the best way to stay happy through repetitive days.

Now I am learning to find happiness in the mundane, everyday things I do! Like staying in and watching movies or TV shows for hours on a Saturday, my morning and night time cardio sessions and writing my blogs. 

Last words, don't take on the weight of the world, it's too much for you. I do this sometimes, I let the devastation of this society eat me alive but it's not me, it's not my issue and I cannot save the world, only God can do that!

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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I love, love tee shirts, who doesn't? But it's important to find a good one that really fits your body type. I got the one above at the Nordstrom sale and I bought 3; black and white stripes, mustard and white. I got a small but probably could have gone with an XS, so I shrunk it up a bit in the dryer. Today I want to give you a few different ways to wear/dress up a tee shirt.

I love, love tee shirts, who doesn't? But it's important to find a good one that really fits your body type. I got the one below at the Nordstrom sale and I bought 3; black and white stripes, mustard and white. I got a small but probably could have gone with an XS, so I shrunk it up a bit in the dryer. Today I want to give you a few different ways to wear/dress up a tee shirt.

Photos by Audra Nicole Photography

For this one above I paired a mustard tee (which may or may not be a go-to fall color for me) with a studded suede skirt, metallic booties, a floppy wool hat and a killer pearl choker. Of course I added my Gucci belt bag for a day look but go with a nicer clutch for evening. This is on the higher-end of fashion for Florida but I would definitely wear this look to a nice dinner or a girls night out. You can swap out the booties for a classic block heel as well.

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One of my other go-to looks is a blazer with a relaxed tee shirt, denim jeans and stilettos. This is my favorite look, ever! I have written about this style multiple times. I only get to rock it a few times a year but when I do, I feel like a total boss babe!

You can also swap out the denims for a cute pair of patterned shorts. My outfit below was super affordable and perfect for a kids fashion show!

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Lastly, you can pair a nice fitting tee with some amazing pleather or Spanx leggings and booties for fall. Throw on a scarf and a kick-ass pair of sunnies and you are good to go.

Let me know how you like wearing your classic tee's in comments below!
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Jenn

 

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Morning y'all! Yep, I'm going with y'all now. I don't know if I can pull it off to actually say it out loud but for the purpose of writing, it flows! Today I want to talk about fall fashion in Florida. August is ending, Labor Day is upon us so some of us are totally ready to pull out the sweaters and boots. Well, slow your roll ladies, unless you are living in the random places of the mid-west where they are having summer snow. But here, it's still a humid 80 degrees in Florida during the months of September and usually October so we are still heading to the beach! But I do want to get a head start on Florida fall fashion!

Morning y'all! Yep, I'm going with y'all now. I don't know if I can pull it off to actually say it out loud but for the purpose of writing, it flows! Today I want to talk about fall fashion in Florida. August is ending, Labor Day is upon us so some of us are totally ready to pull out the sweaters and boots. Well, slow your roll ladies, unless you are living in the random places of the mid-west where they are having summer snow. But here, it's still a humid 80 degrees in Florida during the months of September and usually October so we are still heading to the beach! But I do want to get a head start on how to transition into fall fashion in Florida!

One of my favorite Florida go-to's is distressed denim shorts with a long-sleeve slouchy tee like this one from Nordstrom (sorry this top is completely sold out so I linked look alikes in the link in the teal). This look can be casual or a little dressy. For a dressier look, I would do a less distressed jean short or even some dress shorts.

I dazzled my look up a bit with a long layered necklace from White House Black Market and some lace-up block heels by Jessica Simpson.

The hat I am wearing tones the outfor down for a day look; whereas pairing the top with a slimmer heel, black shorts and done-up hair would give this shirt a more night-time, outside on the bay vibe.

Photos Audra Nicole Photography

One of my biggest pet peeves is when girls in Florida break out the sweaters, sweats and booties a little too soon. Trust me, I am more of a fall/winter fashion girl myself but all in good time. However, for the purposes of helping you stock your fall wardrobe in advance I will be sharing some of my fave fall finds from Nordstrom during the month of September; yes, while I am still at the beach!


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Jenn

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You know you have 'em! Things you absolutely cannot live without whether it be a dog, a product or security blanket. What are some things you can't live without? Read mine here.

 

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  1. My dog. My Stella girl is 14 and I have had her for 7 years. She is still as sassy as they come. She thinks she runs things here. She likes wearing clothes, but not bows. She likes sitting with me on the couch NetFlix binging my romcom shows, and loves going for walks but only on her terms. She is my little BFF.

  1. Hot Tea. I have become infatuated with different types of hot tea. My favorites are Aveda and Traditional Medicinals. I like the hibiscus and sometimes make it into iced tea. Along with this, I am obsessed with my new Electric Tea Kettle . This baby plugs in and boils in minutes. It turns off when the hot water is ready.

  1. Amika Dry Shampoo and Texture Spray. I wash my hair ohhhh about once a week. I have blonde hair so it's quite dry (blog on this coming soon)! I love the smell, and the consistency these sprays give my hair. Yes they make it more dry but it's great for the 3-5th day on the last wash. I am linking them here. Be advised, if you like them on IG they sometimes have pop up flash sales where you can grab them for $13.

     

  2. L'Oreal Eyelash Primer and Telescopic Mascara. I have been using this dynamic duo for years. I have tried Dior Show and other high-end mascaras but this one is the best. I have a pet peeve with clumpy lashes. The primer thickens them up and the telescopic lengthens and widens the lashes. I have recommended to a few people who loved as well and are still using them.

     

  3. Press-on nails. Yep, I have been doing my own nails for 7 years. I buy them on Amazon. There is a specific way to do them though and I use superglue for the glue, not the pink crap they give you. I take one night every 2 weeks and do my toes and nails. Yes, these bad boys last me two weeks. HINT: File your nail before you glue to get the oils off your nails. The glue lasts way longer. Also, carry a glue with you at all times, when you feel one lifting throw on some glue. I get SOOO many compliments on my nails. Positives of this, it's cheaper and better for your nails. I cannot grow real nails, I tried. My anxiety won't allow it!

  1. Isotonix Daily Essentials and Aloe Powder. The aloe cured my acid reflux about a year ago. It helps keep my system healthy and it's delicious. The daily essentials keeps me going each day. My iso-cocktail is a shot of multivitamin, B Complex, OPC, and Calcium. I can't take vitamins in pill form, it makes me sick so these have been a life saver. They make me feel more energetic. I have cut way, way down on caffeine due to this as well.


What are some of your can't live withouts? Try any of mine, and let me know in the comments what you think!


XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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