Floral Blouse

1

2

3

4

5

6

Shop The Look

Blouse: (Similar, Similar, Similar) // Jeans // Bag: Similar (splurge), Similar (Save) // Necklace // Heels // Sunglasses

Happy Monday! To me, the weekend usually flies by. I tried to spend this one relaxing as much as I could. On Friday I went to bed at like 7:30, no joke. Training for my new position at work wore me out! It will all be worth it in the end though (hopefully).

First of all, excuse my wind blown hair! It was SUPER windy while we were shooting this. I originally bought this blouse at Kohl’s when I had a few coupons to use (you can save so much money there!). It’s by LC Lauren Conrad. I can’t find it online, so I tagged three similar ones above that are perfect for spring. I love pairing blouses like this with jeans or white pants, heels and a neutral bag. I bought this bag from She Inside for under $25! It’s a dupe to the Chloe bag that’s normally $1,800! I have to say, I’m pretty excited about this find. They also have a few other colors as well! I really want the red one, It’s on my wish list!

I found these sunglasses on the same website as the bag, and knew I had to have them! They are the perfect boho glasses that I can wear in the spring and summer.

How did you spend your weekend? Let me know in the comments! And let me know what other features you would like to see on Styled Muse!

Valerie

P.S.: This past weekend was my 1 year blogiversary! I will be having a post next week celebrating Styled Muse’s birthday, so keep an eye out!

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites (2)

Shop The Look

1  //  2  //  3  //  4  //  5

TGIF! I thought today would never get here. I know some of you already know this, but on Monday I started a new position at my full time job (I finally got a promotion, yayyy!). It’s more pay and a lot more work! I’ve been training all week, and there is so much to learn! But so far I’m really enjoying it.

There are so many items this week that I’m loving, so it was hard to narrow it down to only 5 items! I have to say though, that Jergens lotion is a pale girls dream come true. After the first application, I can totally notice a difference on my legs! It also doesn’t have a strong self tanner smell like other lotions.

I know when you see the price on that Chloe bag you are going to be like “Whoa, girl, I can’t afford that!” Trust me, I can’t either. But I did find a dupe that looks EXACTLY like this for under $25! You can find it here. I fell in love with this H&M lips tee MONTHS ago, but it sold out super fast. Now it is back in stock, and I was finally able to order one! If you sign up for their newsletter, you can get a coupon code that will make it under $15!

These Baublebar earrings remind me of a mermaid! So you know I had to pick them up last week when they were having a sale, and I’m really excited to wear them over the summer with adorable wedges like the ones above. Wedges are back ladies, so enjoy wearing them over the summer (they are seriously the comfiest heels you will ever wear).

Which ones of these are your fav? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

P.S.: In the next couple weeks, Styled Muse will be getting a HUGE makeover. I will be switching hosts and redoing the theme on the site. What are some things you would like to see on the site? Favorite places to shop? Outfit guides? Let me know! I want this to be a website for you to come and get outfit or beauty inspiration from! 🙂 ❤

Where I Buy My Jewelry

IMG_2723

When I was little (and still to this day), I LOVED accessories. Whether it be necklaces or purses, I always had a large collection. I have so many purses and necklaces that I’m running out of room in my little apartment to store them all! My boyfriend always tells me I need to donate one before I buy a new one, but of course that never happens. Maybe next year that will be one of my resolutions? I will keep that in mind. 🙂

Since I have a lot of you asking me where I get my jewelry, I decided to give you a blog post dedicated to that. There will even be a promo code for you to use to save a little $$ on your purchase!

IMG_2720

IMG_2722

The first one I’m going to talk about is ILYMIX! This is where I get a lot of my statement pieces from. I love that their prices are affordable, while also having good quality. My recent purchases are in the photos above. I love the white marble earrings! White marble is a huge trend right now. They also have sunglasses, swimsuits and bags. You can use code Valeriehelton20 for 20% off your entire purchase!

IMG_2718

If you are looking for monogram pieces, Sparkle & Whim is the place to go! This is where I bought all of mine from (pictured above). They also have a lot of cute statement and delicate pieces! Right now on my wish list is the Grande Modern Monogram necklace. You can wear it with anything, and it’s so easy to layer with other necklaces.

IMG_2719

A few other places that I find good pieces at are Purple Peridot (necklace above, on sale for under $24!), and of course department stores like Wal-mart (white earrings above) and Kohl’s (pink earrings above).

These are the shops that I usually have the best luck finding great pieces at affordable prices. Do you have a favorite place to buy accessories from? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

P.S.: Do you like the new logo? 🙂

Layered Sweater

1

2

3

4

5

Shop The Look

Sweater // Jeans // Heels // Bag (similar: save) (similar: splurge) // Lips (color: Koko K) // Necklace

Happy Monday! I know I haven’t posted in a week or so, but I decided to take a week off. I worked overtime a couple days at my full time job, then went out of town over the weekend to go camping in the Illinois country side with my family. We had a blast, even though it was super chilly (like got down to 28 degrees Saturday night, chilly)! Luckily my parents had a camper that we stayed in that had a furnace (and air conditioner, fridge, stove, shower, tv, EVERYTHING). To me, it’s not camping, but it’s their home away from home. Haha! But I have to say, there’s nothing like a little getaway, relaxing by a fire and drinking wine.

With it just being the beginning of Spring, the nights tend to be really cold. This sweater has that perfect spring look, while also keeping you warm! I really love the lace layered look. It also comes in a cream color! You can pair it with a pair of jeans and heels (like I did here) or booties, or white pants and heels!

What is your favorite thing to wear during the chilly spring nights? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

What To Wear For Easter

Easter Outfits

Shop The Look

Outfit 1: Earrings // Dress // Shoes
Outfit 2: Earrings // Dress // Shoes
Outfit 3: Earrings // Dress // Shoes
Outfit 4: Earrings // Dress // Shoes

Since Easter is right round the corner (like, literally this weekend), I decided to round up a few looks to help you figure out what to wear on Sunday for Easter (if you’re like me, and wait until the last minute). A lot of these dresses would be perfect for spring/summer weddings as well, so you can get more than one use out of them.

For me, the perfect Easter outfit has a bright or pastel colored dress, statement earrings, and a neutral heel. Of course, you can always wear a white dress (like the one pictured in outfit number 4) and colored statement earrings or necklace, or you can wear a bright pair of heels like these that are currently on sale for under $25!

This year for Easter I plan on going to Easter morning service, then having dinner at my parent’s house and my boyfriend’s parents house. Lots of food, haha!

What are your Easter plans? Also, which outfit is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

Spring Earrings

1

Spring Earrings

Shop The Look

1 //  2  //  3  //  4  //  5  //  6  //  7  //  8  //  9  //  10

When I mentioned in this post that my favorite thing about Easter was picking out my church service dress, I forgot to say that I also loved picking out the accessories to go with it. My mom would always include cute jewelry or a cute purse in our Easter basket that we could wear with our dress to church service on Easter morning. This was something that I looked forward to every year. Hey, mom, can I get another Easter basket? Haha!

Each of these earrings are the reason I love spring and Easter: they are full of color! After the winter blues, this is the perfect way to add color to any outfit.You can also wear these during the summer! All of these are under $35. The exact ones I’m wearing in the first photo are old, but you can find similar ones here.

What is your favorite way to add color to your outfit? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

Gym Essentials For Men & Women

IMG_2521

IMG_2401

Since the weather is getting nice, and summer is approaching, now is the time to step up your workout game. I’m going to show you some of my favorite products to keep in your gym bag for men and women!

Women:

1. C9 Sports Bra from Target: Since I am bigger in the chest area, a sports bra is key for me to have during a workout. When I received this bra from Influenster for testing purposes, I was skeptical because a lot of them don’t seem to work out for me. But after trying this one I fell in love. It was the perfect amount of support that I needed. It does run a tad small, so make sure you size up one size.

IMG_2390

IMG_23922. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo: this stuff is perfect if you are trying to get a quick workout in before work, or have errands to run afterwards. Just spray it on your roots, and your hair looks like it was just washed! I use this on the days I don’t wash my hair.

3. Olay Makeup Remover Wipes: I love to use these to get the sweat off my face after a good workout. The travel size is perfect to throw in my gym bag or purse for on the go!

4. Water Bottle: Right now I’m loving infused water. I found this water bottle from Amazon! My favorite things to throw in there are lemons, cucumbers and mint leaves! So refreshing!

5. Headphones: I love my purple Beats by Dre! Music helps me get through a tough workout. What are some of your favorite songs to listen to while working out?

6. Workout Planner: I got this planner from Blogilates (sadly they are sold out). It helps me track my food consumption and my workouts!

7. Deodorant: I always use the Dove Refresh, and it keeps me dry all day and even during my workouts!

Men (from the viewpoint of my boyfriend 🙂 ):

1. Headphones: My boyfriend loves his Green Beats by Dre!

2. Shoes: Nike’s. They give the support you need for cardio and heavy lifting.

3. Deodorant: We received the Dove Men + Care Extra Fresh deodorant complimentary thanks to Influenster! If anyone knows my boyfriend, you know how picky he is with everything.  He likes the brands he uses, and never strays away from them. So when I asked him to test this, he was skeptical. I made sure he put it on before going to work (he moves around a lot at his job). He told me that the smell of the deodorant was very refreshing (I smelled it for myself, and loved it!). He also said that it kept him dry all day, and he would use it again!

What other things to do you like to keep in your gym bag? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

C9 Sports Bra and Dove Men + Care Extra Fresh deodorant received complimentary for testing purposes thanks to Influenster. All opinions are my own.

Cold Shoulder Dress

2

1

3

4

Shop The Look

Dress // Hat // Booties (similar) // Necklace // Lips

Happy Monday! How is the time change treating everyone? I woke up this morning super tired and felt sick! Luckily after a cup of coffee I was feeling a tad better (still super sleepy!).

My favorite thing about Easter from when I was little was always picking out the perfect dress to wear to church on Easter morning. My little sister and I would get SO excited to head to the store and search for the cutest one. I still feel the same way today! I found this dress online and knew this would be the perfect dress for Easter. With the long sleeves, it would be perfect if it is warm or chilly. You can pair this dress with gray booties like I did here, or a cute pair of nude heels like these.

The exact dress is currently sold out, but you can find similar cute ones here (my fav), here, and here!

What was your favorite thing about Easter? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

 

Friday Favorites

Friday favorites

Shop The Look

1  //  2  //  3  //  4  //  5

Happy Friday! I’m starting a new theme today. Every other Friday I will be posting 5 items that I am loving right now. The other Friday’s will be saved for Insta roundups. Enjoy!

  1. Fringe Bags: Right now fringe is everything. At first I wasn’t really a fan, but it really grew on me, and now I want all the fringe bags!
  2. Kendra Scott Spring 2016 collection: If you haven’t seen this collection yet, you really need to. It’s gorgeous!
  3. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor: Matte lips are huge right now. I found this Revlon one at Target one day (does anyone else treat themselves to a new lip color when they go to the store, or is it just me?) and fell in love! I just bought a new color today called HD Devotion and I think it’s my new fav!
  4. Essie Gel Setter Top Coat: I put this on my nails after I’m done painting them, and it makes my polish last twice as long. It really makes it seem like you have gel polish on!
  5. Stud Flats: I’m in search for the perfect flats for spring, and found these for only $15!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Valerie

How To Wear A Graphic Tee: Week 3

2

3

4

Shop The Look

Graphic Tee // White Jeans // Blazer // Necklace // Heels // Clutch (similar) // Lipstick (color: Electric Pink)

Today is the last post for the How To Wear A Graphic Tee series! Did you enjoy this series? What other series’ would you like to see? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an e-mail: styledmuse@gmail.com!

If you missed the past two weeks, you can find them here: Week 1 // Week 2

I’m sure by now you can tell that my favorite pieces to pair a graphic tee with are a blazer and cute heels. It’s the easiest way to dress up a graphic tee. With this outfit, I added a pair of white jeggings. This spring/summer, these white jeggings will be on major repeat. You can of course dress down this outfit with a pair of converse and black cardigan. The original clutch from Accessory Lane is sold out, so I linked a similar one above.

If you are not a fan of white pants, you can swap them out for a pair of joggers or black jeans.

Have a great rest of your week!

Valerie