A fun way to change up your wardrobe is to pick a few things in your boyfriend’s closet. This is what I did in this article. The pieces are obviously too large, but I actually like that style. I styled everything with a very pink lipstick to make it more feminine.
If there is one piece of clothing that looks effortless and chic it’s the kimono. When I don’t know what to wear I always add a kimono to my outfit and it does the job. I share with you 4 types of kimonos and ways to wear them and of course always on a budget.
For this one I decided to show you how easy and cheap it is to throw a jacket on your outfit to make it look expensive and complete. When I don’t know what to wear or when my outfit looks totally flat I pick a jacket in my closet and a few accessories and I suddenly look more dressed!
For every look I dressed a plain black t-shirt dress so you can see the difference.
Value’s village is always my go-to store when I want to find new clothes, but still don’t want to break my budget. This month, I found numerous items that are pretty original and fun to wear. I share with you my favorites!
Dumpster diving is super in right now because it has been demystify. A couple of years ago, anyone who saw someone dive into a garbage automatically assumed that it was an homeless person looking for a few pieces of food. I started doing dumpster diving one year ago after some of my friends found crazy amounts of fresh food totally untouched in the groceries’ stores garbages.
How to properly do dumpster diving!
Facebook groups: There is actually a lot of facebook groups dedicated to dumpster diving in a bunch of cities. There is one in mine and people who works in the groceries stores write on these groups when they just threw food in the garbage and what they threw. That way people who are interested can go right away and get the food.
Plastic frenzy: A lot of the food that is thrown away is actually totally covered by plastic and/or a box. You already know how companies wrap their products with many layers of plastic. So, it’s absolutely clean and hygienic to pick it up and cook it yourself.
Manage the expiration date: A lot of the apprehension behind dumpster diving is the following question: If the grocerie store thinks this product is no longer good for the customers why could I still eat it? Well, for many reasons. First, because these companies have very high standards of quality to respect, but it doesn’t mean that the food is dangerous to consume. Normally, you can still eat the product 3 days after the expiration date. Of course, I wouldn’t eat meat from a dumpster or a product that looks funny or smells weird. Use your judgment.
Choose the time you go to the groceries stores: Because it’s still not orthodox to go through the dumpsters you should choose your timing carefully. I personnally prefer to go after the closing time. But, if I receive a message on a facebook group I go right away since the food will be fresher and you are sure that you don’t have to search through the entire garbage, it will be just at the top.
Last week I went to a clothing exchange event with one of my friend. She heard of this event on a Facebook group filled with people from Montreal interested in tradings. On the group, a girl proposed an evening of clothes swapping at her appartment. We both went. We each brought clothes that we didn’t wear anymore, but that were still nice looking. I brought 19 pieces. At the girl’s place we were about 12 random women from 16 to 40 years old all strangers to eachother. We divided all the clothes in big piles for every sizes (from XS to XL). Six girls at a time we would go through the piles and choose one item, try it on and if we liked it we kept it and let another person sort through the piles and so on.
The only rule was to get as much pieces as you brought. Since I brought 19 pieces I technically could pick 19, but I only found 7 items I liked.
I used to buy makeup to the drugstore or Sephora without really shop and look elsewhere if I could get better deals for the same quality. I started looking online and asking my friends where they would buy makeup. Also, with time, I learned which products are worth paying more for and which aren’t. Here are my tips for each beauty products!
Personnally, I think mascara is not worth paying a lot for. I already bought a 25$ mascara at Sephora and it wasn’t better than my 10$ Revlon one. In fact, when I’m broke I buy the great lash mascara by Maybelline for 6.99$ and it works perfectly fine (I even already red an article by a famous beauty artist saying that it was is favorite mascara) !
For the lipsticks, I wouldn’t buy very cheap brand that I don’t know of just because you put this product on your lips all day and sometimes all night. I like to use the color sensational ones from Maybelline, they are approximately 12$ in Canada. They stay all day even if you drink and eat (of course you have to do some touching up during the day thought). What I like also about them is the crazy choice of colors and the fact that the brand always keeps their classics while renewing their selection.
I also discovered a website that sales lipsticks for as low as 5 and 6$. It’s called colourpop.com, they also give you a 5$ discount for your first order. I did tried their products and I absolutely recommend it. A friend of mine got a very big order from them and gave me one of her’s ultra matte lipstick in Lychee color (lilac). I tried it one day at work and all my colleagues kept asking me if it was MAC. And hell no it wasn’t MAC! The trick is to get with a group of friends and pick a few items each that way you can split the shipping fees.
I really am a lipstick girl that’s why I have another tip for you about the subject. I already received a Kate Von D makeup kit as a gift and honestly it’s a great present. These kits include various small lipsticks of many different colors. It’s perfect because you don’t have the time to get bored with the color since it’s just the right size once your done with it you wouldn’t wear it anymore anyway or the color wouldn’t be fashion anymore. These kits still exists and it’s a deal for all the products you get: 30$US for 3 lipsticks and 3 nail polish. Plus, it’s very good quality they stay all day and the colors are really nice. Continue reading →
When you need new clothes or you feel like you lost your style my tip for you is to get a few black/white/grey pieces that are cheap. It’s easy to look fancy and expensive with those colors since they are classics and even the cheap brands can’t ruin a little black dress or a v-neck white t-shirt.
So, I listed a few pieces of clothing that you can get in those shades in very cheap stores or in frips.
Essentials in black, white or grey
Wearing a turtle neck is very in right now. I love the professional look it gives. It’s easy to wear with leggings, skirts, pants and even jeans. I love to match them with bright jewellery and a dark lipstick. This one is from winners for as low as 16$, it’s got a low turtle neck, but the high ones are very nice too.
One pieces are one of my favorite outfit to wear. It looks fancy or casual depending on how you style it. This one from Dynamite is very sexy by being open in the back. I wear it with nothing else since it’s dressy already in my opinion. You could add big silver earings with it or a bunch of wood’s bracelets.
**Tips: It’s way more beautiful to wear this outfit without a bra, I wear silicone stickers on my nipples. It doesn’t move and it looks natural.
Buying underwears is a must even if you are broke. What if you can get cute and comfortable underwears for a few dollars only. Of course you can.
At Winners you can find pretty much everything you need for a ridiculous price compare to other stores (most of the time). In my opinion, the best deals at Winners are with the underwears and the purses/bags.I regularly buy bras and panties/tongs at Winners for their price and their look. I paid a Warner’s bra 12$ and panties 3.99$ each. Deal!For their bras since I am a 32B there is not a lot of choice, but when there is something comfortable and pretty I get it and I never paid over 15$ for it.
It’s always useful to have an idea of what are your spendings if you want to reduce them. I made myself a table where I write all my main spendings and that way I see where I should cut and how much money I can actually save.
The one I put as an example is for 2016 that’s why it’s not entirely filled because I fill it out as the time goes and as I spent.
Reducing your expenses
By filling out this table you can see where are your biggest spending and try to decreased them. Here are my tips for every expense.
Rent: I used to live alone in a small 1 1/2 appartment and pay a crazy price. Now, I chose to live with roomates and it’s way cheaper. Also, the appartment is much bigger and nicer.
You can also rent by months on Airbnb, my friends did that in Vancouver and it was the cheapest option, but you have to move every month or so.
If you are in University you can choose the residences of your school it’s normally cheaper and they include wifi, cable, etc.
Transport: When I was living in a rural area with my parents I had a car and luckily I had no other spending because having a car when you don’t have a good paying job is very expensive. It basically sinks all your savings.
Now that I live in a big city I gladly pay for my bus/metro pass monthly for 80$.
In occasions, I use Uber instead of regular taxis because it’s way cheaper (be careful on holidays they raise the prices).