My Favorite Neutral Sweaters Under $30

As much as I’m sad that my favorite month is over, November usually means that temperatures are dropping and will actually stay pretty low (!), which also means that all of my sweaters get pulled out of their space bags, and I get to be a comfy girl at work. Woohoo! When the weather finally drops, I really try to refrain from buying too many new sweaters. Most sweaters I own, I’ve had for at least three years, and I have some that I’ve had since high school! This is probably because it’s really not cold for very long in the south, and if it is, I just mix up the ones I already own and style them in different ways.

 If I do shop for sweaters, though, I always always go for neutral tones. This makes it so much easier to style them differently, and I feel like a good nude, white, or black sweater will never go out of style. I mean, those striped, distressed sweaters this season are cute and all, but ya girl will not be buying one because it probably won’t be so cute next season IMHO.

I also really try to stick to a budget when I’m shopping for sweaters. It pains me to see bloggers who think they post about “affordable” fashion, and they’re promoting $50+ sweaters. Like…no. At the most, I’ll usually spend around $30 for a sweater, and that’s really a splurge for me. If you’re ballin’ on a budget like me, check out my favorite neutral sweaters below. I’ve included a list of sweaters that are perfect for lounging, work, going out, and most importantly, keeping you warm! Enjoy!

Best Affordable Neutral Sweaters Under $30

American Eagle always has great sweaters, and I usually always watch for sales or shop their clearance section to find the best options. Typically, I buy my more casual sweaters here. I love their Aerie basics and also some of the lighter sweaters that they have that would be perfect for lounging around the house, wearing to the beach when it’s a bit chillier outside (looking out for my FL peeps ;)), or layering! Here’s my picks from AE/Aerie.

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Forever21 also never disappoints. You can always find basics, but you’re also sure to find some edgy/trendier stuff too. I’m sometimes skeptical to shop online at Forever21–mostly because I always forget to return things when they don’t fit–but these options are so cute and affordable! Here’s my picks from Forever21.

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H&M is one of my favorite places to shop for sweaters; they’re affordable, always on trend, and super cozy. I’ve had the most adorable chunky knit sweater from there for YEARS, and it still fits and looks brand new. Here’s my picks from H&M.

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Old Navy has typically always been my go-to store for affordable sweaters that are great for work. They’re good quality, usually basic yet stylish, and are always on sale. (Pro tip: You should never pay full price for anything at Old Navy… There are always sales/promos going on!). Here’s my favorites from Old Navy (I own both v-neck styles in almost every color…they’re just that good!).

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Where do you shop for your sweaters? Do you typically stick to a certain style or budget? Comment below and let me know!

XOXO,

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Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Women Using Things You Already Own

I’ve really put off planning for Halloween this year, and it’s the first year that I haven’t done a “couples costume” in five years, so coming up with what I want to be by myself hasn’t been a top priority because, well, it’s just not as fun to me. I also never really go “all out” for Halloween. I typically always want to use what I already own, play around with makeup and hair (but not excessively), and just have fun. Since it’s pretty cold where I live right now, I also want to be warm haha. Here’s a few ideas of last-minute Halloween costumes that you should be able to put together from items you have in your closet!

Pirate Halloween Costume

I think a “sexy” pirate is so cute and something everyone could easily pull together. If you’re worried about the cold too, it gives you the perfect excuse to wear leggings and a long-sleeve top. For a sexier look, a cute black mini skirt, fishnets, and OTK boots would be so cute. Pair that with some excessive gold jewelry, a smokey eye, and maybe an eye patch ($0.79 at Micheal’s whaaat) or a bandana if you have one, and you’ll be good to go!

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Cheetah / Cat Halloween Costume

This is a last minute costume I fell back on when I was studying abroad a few years ago, but I think this has to be one of the easiest that you can do! Again, it’s perfect for colder weather: you can wear black leggings, a long sleeve black/cheetah print top, and boots. For my warmer weather gals, black shorts or a skirt would be so cute paired with OTK boots as well. You’d then just need to accessorize and have some fun with your makeup. I’d suggest buying a cute cat ear headband, like this one, and/or pairing it with a cute cheetah print scarf. I’m also linking to the best cheetah/cat makeup tutorial that I’ve used here.

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Rosie the Riveter Halloween Costume

Okay, y’all…this actually might be easier than the cat costume! I think it’s safe to say that most of us have a denim/chambray top and jeans we could throw together to make a cute Rosie the Riveter costume! Buy a red bandana if you don’t already own one and throw on some red lipstick, and POSE. I mean, who doesn’t want to dress up as a cultural female icon?!

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What are you being for Halloween? Do you have any favorite DIY costumes?!

In the past, Josh and I have been: Squints and Wendy (Sandlot), Steve Irwin and a crocodile, Christmas Obsessed, and Phil and Lil (from Rugrats)–all of which were super easy DIY costumes. 

4 Tips for Packing for Your First Conference

Last week, I flew out to Vancouver, Canada for the Unbounce Call To Action conference and was there for four days! Because I just recently started working in marketing, I was so excited for the opportunity to go and learn alongside my coworkers about the industry (and I was extra excited about going to Canada for the first time!!!) Every time I travel, though, I tend to overpack. Bad. Since I was limited to only a carry on, this was even more overwhelming. I figured that this would be a good opportunity to share some of the tips that help me get organized and narrow down my traveling essentials. Here’s my 4 tips for packing for your first conference when you’re dealing with limited space.

Packing Tip #1: Make a list and lay everything out

Packing for Your First ConferenceI’m a visual person, so checking things off a list and being able to visualize everything on the floor helps me so much (and reduces my travel anxiety!). I start my lists by planning my outfits for each day (shirt, pants, underwear, bra, shoes). Next, I list the accessories I’ll need to bring (purses, jewelry, etc.). When I’m traveling with just a carry on, I use a tote bag so I can fit my work laptop, charger, notepad, headphones, etc. and will later use it has my bag for the conference. Then, I’ll list what needs to go inside of my tote bag. Finally, I list out what beauty products I’ll need to bring and make sure that I have the products in travel sizes.

Packing Tip #2: Try on your outfits (comfort is key!!!)

Checking the dress code for any conference is super important. Many conferences require business casual or business professional attire, but luckily, the conference I attended was more casual, so I had a bit more flexibility for comfort. When I’m putting together my outfits, though, I always ask myself things like: “Will I be able to sit in these pants all day comfortably?” “Can I walk or stand in these shoes for long periods of time?” “Will I be adjusting my bra straps all day with this top?” It can be so tempting to wear brand new flats or heels, or a top that looks super cute but requires you to adjust the straps all day, so keep in mind: if they’re going to be uncomfortable, don’t bring them.

Packing Tip #3: Limit yourself to only the essential beauty products

Packing makeup is always my weakness. Although I use the same products every. single. day., I still find myself wanting to pack every nude lipstick I own, five shades of foundation (just incase I tan sitting in the window seat ya know), and every eye shadow palette I’ve ever purchased at Ulta. So, I check myself. I’m not going to prom; I’m not going to dinners that require extra glam. My daily, “natural” makeup routine is all that I need. Pro tip: I try to limit myself to a small cosmetics bag. If it doesn’t all fit in there, I need to consolidate more.

Packing Tip #4: Do NOT get caught up in the “What if” scenarios

If you’re like me, you probably over analyze every travel scenario possible. What if there’s a storm? Should I pack an umbrella and a rain coat? What if I have a layover? Do I need to pack another outfit? What if we go to a nice dinner? I might hate what I packed…Should I bring five backup dresses just in case?

Stop. Don’t listen to these thoughts. If you’ve made a list of the absolute essentials for your trip, you’ll be fine. If you have a layover? You can re-wear an outfit or wash an outfit at a hotel. If there’s a storm, you can grab an umbrella there. Worried about hating what you packed? That’s why you try it on before you go.

Packing for any trip is stressful, but when it’s your first work conference, it can be that much more overwhelming. I hope that by following each packing tip you’ll be able to consolidate what you really need, feel confident in what you’ve packed, and have a successful trip! What’s your favorite packing tip?!

Here’s what I packed:

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