Before I became a mom, my style was everything! I would think about my outfit the night before I would have dinner, an event, etc. After becoming a mom being fashionable took a back seat. Being a mom is hard work. We are running around to all of our kids extracurricular activities with running errands in-between. As a mom I am not always confident on the way I look. I did realize that I am most confident when I am dressed up and put-together. But being put-together sometimes comes with a heavy price tag. Over the last few years I have come to realize that you can actually be very stylish for cheap. Below are my 3 secrets to feeling beautiful and stylish mom on a budget.
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Secret Number 1: Makeup
A lot of women are scared of the “drugstore” beauty products. I have found the best foundation and the best concealer I have ever used that are very affordable. Hard Candy is available at Walmart or on Amazon and is the best kept secret in the makeup industry. Their concealer is called “Glamoflauge” and hides those dark circles under your eyes. Glamoflauge is under $15 and lasts forever. Their foundation is also called “Glamoflauge” and is a full coverage matte finish foundation. It hides all blemishes and uneven skin tone. The foundation is also under $15.
Secret Number 2: Clothes
I used to be strictly a boutique shopper. I love pieces that are unique and not everyone has. However, my budget does not allow me to always shop at boutiques. Nordstrom Rack satisfies my champagne taste on a beer budget. Nordstrom Rack offers department store quality and designer brands with an outlet price. They have everything from shoes, kids clothes, womens and mens clothes and much, much more. I purchased the shirt below for only $27.00. It is very good quality and I know I will get many uses out of it. This week, on my instagram, I saw the same shirt at a boutique for double what I had paid. We have a Nordstrom Rack located in the Riverwalk. The online store is also perfect for those extra busy mommas.
Secret Number 3: Accessories
The most important part of any outfit is indeed accessories. Accessories tend to follow trends and can be very expensive. Trends come and go and typically don’t last very long. I love jewelry but I don't see spending $50 on a pair of earrings that will be out of style next season. I have found the most fabulous jewelry store located on Magazine Street, Trendz. Trendz has everything from shoes, every type of accessory you can dream of, clothes, etc. They have the most fabulous accessories starting at only $5. It is literally every girls dream come true. The quality is great and so is the service. The girls at Trendz are always so friendly and helpful. The earrings pictured below were all purchased for under $30. For all three, not individually.
What are your secrets to feeling stylish and beautiful on a budget? Share them with us!
Katie is a native New Orleanian and currently lives in Metairie with her two boys, Vince 11 and Dominic 9. She works full time as a Community Educator in the medical field. Katie spends most of her time at the baseball and football field cheering on her boys who are both very active. On free weekends, which come few and far between, you can find Katie working out, trying new restaurants and having cocktails with friends. She loves fashion, wine, and anything and everything NOLA.