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I'm so excited about today's post. I have spent the past few days scouring the internet in attempts to find the best prom dresses at any budget. These aren't just any prom dresses, but they are ones that are perfect for the girl who loves minimalist style and who wants to stand out without all of the extra frills. 
I consider prom to be one of the only "red carpet" moments a lady has in her lifetime. So, my main goal when picking these dresses was to find things that I think would be land you on the best dressed list. 
I think the trouble most ladies have when choosing their prom dress is struggling to lose the wedding dress vibes. It can be tough searching for a dress that doesn't scream princess when you love a more streamlined, minimal look. I know I had trouble when originally searching for dresses until I (quickly) decided to design my own. The dresses I chose are all super stunning and do a nice job at showing off some skin while still managing to be a bit modest. 
 Here are my picks of standout dresses for the lady who loves minimalism (and dancing). 

Here's a little extra of me at prom back in 2012 wearing the dress I designed and got custom made. I went for a high-low silhouette so my dress could float when I was walking. I wanted a metallic vibe so I picked out this medium weight satin fabric, sourced the studs from eBay, and found my clutch at Charming Charlie. Looking back on it, I definitely would've done a few things differently but at the time I was super happy with the outcome. Let's not get started on my choice of makeup. Ha!

I hope you love these picks as much as I do, and good luck on your prom dress hunt!

x Alicia


 The weather this winter has felt like fall, winter, and spring all rolled up into one season. My go-to outfit has been a sweater paired with jeans, with a nice big scarf to finish it off. The morning can be 60 degrees, and by nightfall it is 27, so the scarf definitely comes to the rescue (of course with a puffer coat to bundle up in!). I can't seem to break my habit of wearing neutral colors, but they just go with everything and I always feel very put together while wearing my basic colors. Who knew a pair of jeans and a sweater could look so good?

How is the weather this winter treating you where you live?

x Alicia

I've been browsing my Bloglovin' feed and Pinterest boards and I've come across quite a few "budget" fashion and beauty posts. I've come to realize the word "budget" definitely means different things, for different people. One post I saw in particular showed a pair of $120 jeans labeled as a "budget buy" and I was actually bewildered - like, literally
I'm a fresh college grad, searching for a full-time position, working part-time hours at Gap - and my definition of budget does not include dropping $120 on a pair of jeans. I definitely see that as more of an investment buy. So anyway, this got me thinking about why I initially started this blog. I of course created it to share my love of fashion and style with other like-minded individuals, but I sought out to share my definition of budget fashion. I consider myself to be pretty frugal, and definitely think my definition of budget shopping works for my fellow un-established-in-the-workforce gals out there. 
So, here's my pledge to you that I will never label something as a "budget item" if a broke 20-something can't afford it (because let's be real, that's what a budget item really is). 
Okay, so how many times did I use the word 'budget' in this post? 
x Alicia