How To Be A Smart Shopper

How To Be A Smart Shopper

How To Be A Smart Shopper

Let’s Go Shopping!

Let’s be honest, we’ve all made bad decisions while shopping. Whether it’s spending too much on something, or buying something we don’t need or really even like, we’ve all been there. In an effort to stop making bad shopping decisions, I’ve put some new rules into practice to help make me a smart(er) shopper. Smart shopping means having more money in your bank account & a clear & curated wardrobe making putting outfits together a breeze.


How To Be A Good Shopper

Outfit Details

Whimsical Buttercream Mini Dress // White Espadrilles // Bow In Hair // Bag // Bracelet // Earrings


How To Be A Good Shopper
How To Be A Good Shopper

Before Spending Any Money…

First things first, before you go shopping, you first have to know what you actually have. I recommend going through your closet & taking a bit of inventory on the things you currently own. Having a good idea of what you already have will help you tremendously when trying to be a smarter shopper. This will help choose pieces that will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe.

Next is the fun part. It’s time to get inspired! I like to get my outfit inspiration from a few places: fashion blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, & my newest favorite, the LikeToKnow.it app, but you choose what inspires you the most. When you find an image or item that you like, save it, pin it, or screenshot it immediately to come back to when you’re about to shop.

Creating Wishlists

Finding images other places can be fun & inspiring, indeed, but let me tell you why using the LikeToKnow.it app might be the smartest decision when it comes to shopping. On this free app, you can follow fashion bloggers & influencers & see the exact items you’re inspired by right then & there. Not only can you see how much things cost, but you can also save items you love to wishlists within the app to come back to later! I’ve spent many hours doing this recently, because so many bloggers have been sharing amazing affordable options. You can also find all of my looks & exclusive content by following me (felixandflora) in the app.

You’re almost ready to go shopping! All you need to do now is make a list of items your wardrobe needs. Maybe that’s a classic trench coat, a LND, a pair of denim culottes, espadrilles, or some new accessories. Create your list of items & be specific. Think about the colors you want to look for that will go well with other items in your wardrobe. Knowing these specific details will make you a much smarter shopper. Now let’s go!


How To Be A Good Shopper
How To Be A Good Shopper

We’re Finally Shopping! Now What?

When you’re out shopping or even shopping online, & you find a piece you’re considering buying, it’s time for the interrogation process. Here are some questions to ask yourself: Is this the right color for my wardrobe? Will it flatter my body? & most importantly: Does this go with at least 2-3 other pieces in my wardrobe? If you can only think of one way to wear it with your current wardrobe, ditch it. You need versatile pieces that will ensure you’re making a smart decision by choosing to invest your money in them. If the pieces pass the interrogation, yippee! You’ve just added another lovely item into your wardrobe!

Immediately upon arriving home or receiving your items in the mail, TRY THEM ON! Not just alone, try them on with different pieces in your wardrobe & accessories. If you can’t make at least 2-3 different looks with them, send them back! Never be afraid to return items. In fact, the smartest shoppers return things frequently, because they only want to keep items in their wardrobes that bring them joy, inspiration, & versatility.


How To Be A Good Shopper


How To Be A Good Shopper


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Spring Cocktail

Spring Cocktail

I love playing with seasonal scents & flavors. This time of year makes me crave all things floral & lemon. There is something so fresh & crisp about these flavors that reminds me of warm nights with friends & feeling the sunshine on my face. The only thing better than florals & lemons would have to be combining them, & I have a spring cocktail that does just that!

Spring Cocktail

Here’s What You Need For This Spring Cocktail:

Your favorite lemonade (mine is the Simply Lemonade)

Ice cubes

A lemon

A few sprigs of thyme

1/2-1 shot of gin depending on how strong you like your drinks

1/2-1 shot of elderflower liquor

I’m gonna be honest, I don’t like really strong drinks. I like to have the option to have more than one without feeling it the next day. You know what I’m saying? So I’m going to share with you how I make this drink, but if you have more of a heavy hand, feel free to make it as strong as you’d like!

Let Me Make You A Drink

Start with a fun glass. I chose to use my mason jars because they just go with the warmer weather in my mind. Fill the glass about 1/3 of the way with ice. Then, I add 1/2 shot of Citadelle & 1/2 shot of St Elder Elderflower Liquor to the ice & top it off with Simply Lemonade, leaving just a little bit of room at the top. Next, I squeeze half a lemon into the glass, making it taste extra fresh. Then for garnish, I like to add a few sprigs of thyme, a slice of lemon in the drink, & a lemon slice on the rim because it looks so cute! There is something so satisfying about a pretty cocktail, & I think this one takes the cake!

Spring Cocktail

Spring Cocktail

I think another reason why I love this cocktail in particular is because lemons make me think of our upcoming honeymoon to the Amalfi Coast! Give me all the lemon things! Including this dreamy Lemoncello candle I’m obsessing over at the moment. If you are a lemon lover like me, you need this candle!

Cheers!

What are your favorite spring flavors?

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Print Mixing For Beginners

Print Mixing For Beginners

Print Mixing For Beginners

Hello Everyone!

Print mixing is an art filled with creativity, imagination, & just plain guts. It’s quite difficult to know at times whether different prints or textures play well together or not. I’m not going to pretend that I am an expert on this topic, but I wanted to share with you some of the things I have learned over the past few years about mixing prints. Maybe you will also like to go on this styling journey with me? We can start as beginners today…& soon become pros…? *fingers crossed*

Print Mixing For Beginners

Top / Skirt / Shoes (sold out! similar here) / Denim Jacket (old, similar here) / Hair Bow (similar here & here) / Bag (old, similar here & affordable option here) / Lipstick (shade Oui!)

Print Mixing For Beginners

First of all, in order to style & mix prints, you must own some. Prints can be quite a scary thing to buy because in the back of your mind, there is that fear that, “It won’t match other things”, or “It won’t get enough wear time to be worth the money”. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve also been all the way on the other side of the spectrum where all I did was buy prints…the bolder the better! Now that’s a difficult wardrobe to own. I think it’s best to find some middle ground (& impulse control), & find both prints & non-prints that can fit in your wardrobe seamlessly.

As a beginning print mixer, stripes, florals, & polka dots are where we begin. And with spring just around the corner, what perfect prints to add to your wardrobe (if you don’t have them already!). These prints, for the most part, play well together. The trick is pairing the right size & the right color. As far as size goes, a safe bet is pairing a small print with a large print. In the outfit I’ve styled for this post, I chose a very small printed striped top & paired it with a large floral print skirt. I also could have chosen a bigger striped print top with a small floral print skirt, or a floral top with a striped skirt for that matter.

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Mix a large print with a small print for easy success. 

The next big task: color. Now, you all know your wardrobe & what colors you wear the most. For me, I tend to wear mostly pinks & blues. Sure I have other colors in my wardrobe (thanks to last year’s fashion goals), but while shopping, it’s good to know what color palette I wear the most. It’s easier to integrate prints & patterns that have similar colors to clothes you already own. If the color thing still seems scary, neutral is always a good route to go.

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Neutrals are always winners

In this outfit, you remember, I mixed a white top with tiny light pink stripes with a bold green floral skirt. The bright green seems a bit scary & way too colorful for my comfort zone, but the reason it fits in my wardrobe is because of the shades of pink in the flowers. I knew I had enough white & pink shirts that I could pair with this, & it’s bold print was just the styling challenge I was looking for. A classic denim jacket it the perfect neutral jacket to pair with a bold print. A must have in your spring wardrobe.

–   Style tip  –

Know what colors you wear most. Sticking to patterns in this color palette is a sure fire way to have mixing success.

Print Mixing For Beginners

Print Mixing For Beginners

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Print Mixing For Beginners

Shop large prints:

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Print Mixing For Beginners

Feeling a little bit better about your mixing abilities yet?

Go ahead! Try it out? Go shopping or play dress up in your current wardrobe. See what works & what doesn’t. It’s takes some guts, but YOU CAN DO IT!

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