Floral Blouse

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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

Cold Shoulder Dress

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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

 

How To Wear A Graphic Tee: Week 3

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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

Cold Shoulder Top

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Top // White Pants // Heels // Clutch (similar) // Clutch (similar, less expensive) // Necklace

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent most of mine taking care of my boyfriend. He had the flu, but is finally over it! At this point I’m pretty much waiting my turn to get it, considering EVERYONE at work has it too. Luckily I have been drinking my orange juice, so I’m praying that will help. I was able to get out of the house for a little while on Saturday for a wine and food tasting with a few friends. I’m happy to say I found a red wine that I love! I’m usually only a white wine person, so this is huge for me!

The weather this past weekend was beautiful, and today it’s 75 degrees! Which calls for a spring post. This season is all about cold shoulder tops.This long sleeve one is perfect for winter to spring transition with the long sleeves. It pairs perfectly with these white jeggings and black stud heels.This leopard clutch has become a huge closet staple for me, and will be repeated multiple times (just a warning!). You can find the original at Accessory Lane, but it’s currently sold out (I will let everyone know when it’s restocked) so I tagged two different options for you. One is more on the pricier side, while the other is more affordable.

Have a great week everyone! Wednesday I will be posting the last outfit for the “How To Wear A Graphic Tee” series! Did you enjoy that series? What other series’ would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below, or shoot me an e-mail: styledmuse@gmail.com ❤

Valerie

How To Wear A Graphic Tee: Week 2

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Graphic Tee // Suede Skirt (similar) // Blazer // Necklace // Booties (similar) // Lip Color // Clutch (similar)

Happy 1st day of March! Does anyone else feel like this year is just flying by? It feels like Christmas was just yesterday! Also, please excuse my super white legs, I’m in major need of a spray tan! 🙂

This is week number 2 of How To Wear A Graphic Tee (if you missed week 1, click here). This week I am styling a graphic tee with a suede skirt (this skirt has been featured on Styled Muse before in this post). You can also wear a graphic tee with other types of skirts like this floral one or this tulle skirt. Of course, I paired this graphic tee with a blazer (love them), statement necklace, and booties. I linked everything above, but if something is sold out, then I linked similar options.

I know I have probably said this before, but graphic tees are so versatile. They can easily be dressed up or down! I always seem to find really cute ones on the Target clearance rack, which leads to me having way more than I need in my closet. Luckily, my full time job doesn’t have a dress code (most people just wear sweatpants, no joke), so I always wear them there… with yoga pants, haha!

What is your favorite way to style a graphic tee? Let me know in the comments! Also, don’t forget to sign up with your e-mail to receive post updates straight to your inbox!

Valerie

How To Wear Leather Pants

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Tunic // Leather Pants // Necklace // Heels // Bag (similar) // Lipstick

Happy Bachelor Day! (That sounds much better than Monday, right?) Who is your favorite so far? I’m torn between Lauren B. and Jojo!

First of all, please ignore how crazy my hair looks! It was SUPER windy while we were shooting this haha!

As winter is coming to an end (and posts from now on will be mostly spring related), I decided to do a “goodbye winter” post with leather pants. No, leather pants aren’t only for the 80’s! They are perfect for fall and winter wear. I love pairing mine with a long tunic, and tucking in the front (shown above). Or with an over-sized sweater or flannel shirt. You can even dress them down by wearing a sweatshirt and white converse.

This blush colored tunic is perfect for transitioning from winter to spring, considering you can wear the sleeves all the way down, or roll them up with the snap on the side of the sleeve.

What’s your favorite way to wear leather pants? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie