What To Wear For 4th Of July

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Top: Nordstrom Rack; Similar // Shorts: ModCloth (similar) // Bag: Similar // Wedges: ModCloth (on sale for under $15!) // Lipstick: ColourPop (color is Creeper)

Happy 4th of July weekend! Do you have fun plans this weekend? Sadly, it is going to be raining in STL today, tomorrow, AND Monday. They are calling for 3-4 inches of rain. UM, WHAT? My plans for BBQing and swimming went out the window. Hopefully the fireworks won’t be canceled!

But if you don’t live in the STL area, and plan on going to a BBQ celebrating the 4th, I have you covered on what to wear, while also feeling festive! My favorite thing to wear to a BBQ over the summer is shorts and a tank. Since it is 4th of July weekend, I went with the red white and blue theme. Most of the items I’m wearing are sold out, so I tagged similar ones above. The wedges are currently on sale for under $15!

Another one of my favorite things to wear to a BBQ is a dress. This chambray one is perfect for 4th of July! I love how it is off the shoulder (a huge trend this summer). Just add a red or blue crossbody and wedges, and you are good to go!

Have a fun and safe weekend, everyone! Let me know what your plans are in the comments below. As always, thanks for reading!

Valerie

Stay Comfy With Chrissy’s Socks

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Pink Cheetah Socks // Pink Tube Socks // Red Tube Socks // Patriotic Tube Socks

Happy Friday! Do you have any plans for the weekend? Some of my favorite things to do over the weekend include hanging out with friends, going to Cardinals baseball games, and relaxing. Chrissy’s Knee High Socks helps me out with all of those. They have socks for literally EVERY occasion and are super soft and comfy. They are perfect for lounging around the house drinking coffee while catching up on magazines and shows (who is excited for Orange is the New Black!?).

One of my favorite ways to wear them would be for cheering on your favorite sports team (like I did in the photo above). Just pair them with matching shorts, team hat and jersey. You can even show your love for your favorite holiday. 4th of July is coming up! Aren’t these patriotic socks adorable?

Some other ones that are on my wish list include these donut oneswatermelon ones, and don’t forget about the ice cream pair! My favorite thing about them? They are all under $10!

Which pair is on your wish list? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for reading!

Valerie

Thanks to Chrissy’s Knee High Socks for collaborating on this post! 

Crochet Wrapped Cardigan From Stacked

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California Moonrise Cardigan: Stacked (Save 10% with code WELCOME10)// Shorts: Shoptiques // Tee: Target // Clutch: Stella & Dot // Necklace: Similar// Heels: Similar

Happy Hump Day! I’m so happy this is a short week, for some reason I have been dragging alllllll week long. I’m already on my second Red Bull. I literally thought I was going to fall asleep while working today.

Last week I showed you an easy way to save money on designer items while also making money. Well today I’m going to tell you about Stacked, another great website where you can save money on designer pieces! Stacked’s goal is to help you upgrade your wardrobe with hand-chosen pieces by top influencers quickly, conveniently and at a great price. Each influencer for the month will choose items to create an outfit, and you have the opportunity to buy the pieces individually at a discount, or buy the entire outfit at an even bigger discount. Stacked is giving all Styled Muse readers 10% off their purchase with code WELCOME10.

I chose this California Moonrise Crochet Wrapped Top from last month’s collection.I fell in love with the crochet on the back. You can wear it as a long cardigan or tied up, and pair it with a plain white (like I did) or graphic tee, or a tank during the summer months. This cardigan is perfect for wearing to work, especially when you work in a cold office like me. Haha!

If you purchase anything from Stacked, don’t forget to use discount code: WELCOME10 and tag me in your photos so I can see what you purchased.

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of your week!

Valerie

Designer Clothes For Less With ThredUP

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Top: ThredUP // Pants: JCPenney // Bag: Similar // Earrings: Baublebar // Heels: Charlotte Russe

Happy Fri-yay eve! Do you all have any plans this weekend for Memorial Day? My family and friends and I are all going camping this weekend. Sadly, I think it’s supposed to rain all weekend long! Hopefully it will hold off until we get back :).

Have you ever wanted designer items, but the prices were way out of your budget? Well, let me introduce you to ThredUP! ThredUP allows you to shop for items (used and new) and also sell items! I was able to get this Loft top for $20 with the tags still on it.I love this top because it’s light enough to wear during warm days (just roll up the sleeves) but also warm enough to wear while sitting around the fire on a chilly summer night.

If you sign up using this link ThredUP will give you $10 to spend on your next purchase! There are a few handbags I have my eyes on :). If you order anything from ThredUP, make sure you tag me in your photos so I can see what you purchased!

Since my boyfriend and I will be moving into a new place soon, I decided it was time to downsize my closet (don’t worry, just stuff I no longer wear!). ThredUP will for sure be a big help with this.

Have a great rest of your week, and thank you for stopping by!

Valerie

My Weekend At Go Blog Social

Happy Hump Day! It feels so good to be back. I know I have been MIA for awhile, but my boyfriend and I were going through a death in his family, and it was a really hard time for him, and I needed to be there. Things finally are starting to go back to normal, and I’m trying to play catch up with my blog! This week I will post a few of my most recent purchases on Instagram (so make sure you are following), and in this blog post I will tell you all about the weekend I had at Go Blog Social!

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As soon as I found out that Go Blog Social was coming to St. Louis, I knew I HAD to get tickets. Being an introvert, I was really nervous about attending by myself, so my sister tagged along. This was good for her, because she is in the process of creating her own blog.

The conference was three days long, with days 1 and 3 being before parties, brunches, etc. Saturday was the actual conference. Sadly, I was only able to make it to the actual conference on Saturday. The conference started off with everyone registering, getting our swag bags/schedule and getting breakfast. The breakfast consisted of fruit, yogurt parfaits, and a breakfast burrito bar! The potatoes were my favorite… weird, I know. All meals were catered by 23 City Blocks Catering. The conference was at Lumen Private Event Space in downtown St. Louis. This space is seriously beautiful (you can see the photos below). I am going to keep this place in mind for when I eventually get married :).

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Since my sister and I got there a little early (we wanted a good parking spot, haha!) we had plenty of time to check out the brands that were there. This was my favorite thing about the conference. Brands from every niche had a booth set up where you can talk to them about their products (even gave free stuff and coupons away!), give them your business cards and possibly discuss collabs. There was even a booth set up to create flower crowns!

There were a lot of speakers at the conference! My favorite one had to be Bianca Jade. She spoke about video, and how it attracts readers to your blog. She really inspired me to add video to my own blog! So you may see videos soon ;). You can see the rest of the speakers below on the schedule and what was discussed. Towards the end, we even had workshops where we could learn different things, like video tips!

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23 City Block Catering provided a delicious lunch! Everything from quinoa salad, buffalo cauliflower, and chicken and avocado sandwiches. Soooo good! I was starving by this time, so I wasn’t able to snap a photo of my lunch, whoops! Here are some other photos from the weekend, including what I wore, and what was in the swag bag!

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I learned so much from the conference and I’m really inspired to try new things with my blog. Pretty soon I’m going to be switching my site to a self hosted site, and adding a new theme!

I know I said I had big news to share, well here it is! The first one, I have some AWESOME collabs that will be happening in June, so keep an eye out! The second one, my boyfriend and I will be moving from our small apartment, to a house!!! I’m really excited. It will be a fixer upper, which makes it even more exciting! I have binge watched the show Fixer Upper on HGTV so many times, and now I get to have my own fixer upper! My boyfriend is also letting me take one of the smaller bedrooms and turning it into a closet/blog office! Pinterest will be my best friend over the next few months :).

Have you ever attended Go Blog Social? Let me know in the comments. Also, any tips for fixer uppers would be great, haha!

Valerie

Summer Whites

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Top: Similar, Similar // Pants // Heels (similar) // Bag: Similar, Similar // Necklace (use code valeriehelton20 for 20% off!)

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was super busy! I went to two Cardinals games, and I’m going to another one tonight. Once baseball season starts, I’m either at the games or watching them on TV at my house, a friends house, or a sports bar. I absolutely love baseball, and have been a fan since I was a little kid. I can thank my dad for that for taking me to my first game when I was little :).

During the summer, my favorite clothing item to wear are my white pants. To me they just scream summer, and are perfect for dressing up or down. I love wearing white on white with pops of color! This top (originally LC Lauren Conrad at Kohl’s, but sold out) has the perfect amount of white and color. You can also wear white pants with a white tank and a bright neon clutch and heels. To dress them down you can pair them with a graphic tee and white converse or sandals.

What is your favorite clothing item to wear in the summer? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

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Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette Review

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Not only do I love collecting shoes and purses, I also love collecting make up palettes. Especially eye shadow palettes. There’s just something about having every eye shadow color I would ever need right on my vanity.

I received the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette for Christmas, but am just now starting to use it a lot. Before this one I was using the Naked Smoky palette, also from Urban Decay (I did a review of this one, here). I have to say, I really love this palette more than the Smoky palette. Gwen nailed it when choosing the colors for this one! I love the variety. There are nude colors that are perfect for wearing to work, all the way to colors to wear to a concert or club. The colors are also very pigmented, so it doesn’t take very much product before you can see it on your eyelid!

The biggest downfall to the Smoky palette was that the colors were hard to blend. With the Gwen palette, the colors blend smoothly. If you are trying to decide which Urban Decay palette to purchase, I recommend getting the Gwen Stefani palette! 🙂

On another note, it was just announced that STL will finally be having a blogging conference in May! I’m VERY excited to attend! I’m also a little nervous, because I’m not going to know anyone there! (Introvert, over here.) I’m somewhat new to the STL blogging community, so if you are a blogger that plans on attending the conference, let’s meet up!

Have a great week, and thanks for reading!

Valerie

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? 🙂