Spring Style Trends for under $50

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of some of my favorite spring style trends for under $50! I hate reading style guides and seeing pieces advertised for “only under $100” when I consider that still too expensive, so I created this college-budget-friendly guide for the more trendy pieces in spring. I looked to Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar for reference—trust the experts! I tried to convert a lot of the high-fashion runway trends into pieces that would be more wearable on the daily.

Seaside stripes

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navy dress / two toned stripes / orange pullover / off the shoulder

These are forever a classic staple in my closet, but it never hurts to add more! Stripes—especially of the Breton variety—are incredibly versatile and can go from casual to professional so easily.

Cold shoulders

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black stripes / red halter / blue dress / red ruffles

A nod to the off-the-shoulder trend, but easier to wear. I’ve tried several off-the-shoulder tops on only to have them spring up the second I lift my arms even slightly, so I’d love to try out the cold-shoulder trend instead.

Sorbet shades

 

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pink // green // orange // yellow

Say goodbye to boring pastels and say hello to trendy new shades. The sorbet-inspired hues that hit the runway are a cool mix of neon and pastels, creating a perfectly bright blend that you’d find in your favorite limoncello. Punchy pink, cool green, mid-toned orange and bright yellows are ideal for getting out of your winter style rut.

Retro florals

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pink top // dress // black top // white top

Florals for spring are no longer groundbreaking, but retro florals are back in a nod to the 70s. You might end up with a piece that looks like the wallpaper in your mom’s bedroom growing up, but hey: what goes around comes around.

What’s your favorite spring fashion trend?

xo, Hannah

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My Pink Lipstick Collection (and then some)

After writing my post about my red lipstick collection, I wanted to do a follow up with my pink lipstick collection (and some extras)! This is literally all the lipstick I own (21 shades, kind of embarrassing). I like experimenting with pink shades to try and find the perfect my-lips-but-better lipstick, but I’m still working on it. Pink shades are so tricky to get right—so if you have advice, please let me know!

My Pink Lipstick Collection

Full swatches and short reviews of these shades are below.

My Pink Lipstick Collection

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Niagara Overlook: I keep this one in my backpack if I want to look a little less dead for those 8:30 classes. It’s a warm toned pink that looks coralish on my skin tone.

Maybelline Color Whisper in 30 Pin Up Peach: I haven’t worn this shade in forever because it’s very slick and can come off easily, but the color is really nice and pretty similar to the lip crayon above.

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 05 Rossetto: This shade is a very opaque pink—the swatch is one take! It’s hard to describe the color (Barbie pink if that helps) but I don’t like the finish at all. It’s way too slick and feels like it cakes up on your lips instead of just going on smoothly.

My Pink Lipstick Collection

ELF Moisturizing Lipstick in Flirty and Fabulous: This is definitely a neon Barbie pink that looked SO good on someone with the same coloring as me that I saw on Instagram, but I don’t have the confidence to pull it off! I also don’t have enough opportunities to wear a color like this…

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in 05 Antwerp: This is one of my favorite shades for dressing up and pairing it with something blue (a.k.a. half my wardrobe). It’s a bright pink that dries to a comfortable matte.

Burt’s Bees Lipstick in 511 Magenta Rush: This is one of the only purple-toned lipsticks I own. It’s a little more dramatic than your everyday pink, but it’s super moisturizing and leaves a pretty stain.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Lock Diary: Lock Diary is a darker pink that looks similar to the NYX Lip Creme, but in a finish that’s more similar to a creamy lipstick.

My Pink Lipstick Collection

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Milk Bottle: This shade is a mid-toned pink that leans purple. It’s easy to throw on and go, but it’s not a natural looking color.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Solow: This is the lighter version of Milk Bottle—it’s way more natural and looks better with a casual look.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Donut: Y’all, this shade is literally neon. Literally electric. I think it could be a fun summer shade, but I haven’t been able to try it out in the warm weather yet!

My Pink Lipstick Collection

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Mimmy: This shade is so dark for me. It’s definitely the most purple-toned and not really a berry shade. Not really my style, but then again, if I’m feeling adventurous (…nope).

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick in Night Queen: I bought this for a Halloween costume (to be Sully from Monsters Inc), didn’t end up wearing the costume, and haven’t touched it since. When I put it on to try it, I felt like it was going to get all over my face if I barely touched my lips. Wouldn’t recommend unless you’re aiming for that monster look.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Tiny Chum: This is a weird shade. It’s a taupe-brown that looks so weird on my skin tone and with my blonde hair, but I feel like if I had dark hair it might turn out better…but probably not.

What’s your favorite pink lipstick (or blue, if you’re feeling it)?

xo, Hannah

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My Red Lipstick Collection

Today I’m sharing a post that’s both fun and slightly embarrassing…my red lipstick collection! I don’t know what it is with lip colors, but I’m always drawn to them first in the makeup aisle and end up picking the same color in different shades to try out. Red lips are one of my favorites to mess with (even if it’s a balm) because I think they look the best with my fair skin, blue eyes and blonde hair.

My Red Lipstick Collection

I’m sharing my complete collection plus swatches today.

My Red Lipstick Collection

The first two are from one of my favorite brands, ELF. I love it because it’s an easy way to try out new colors for a super low cost!

My Red Lipstick Collection

ELF Jumbo Gloss Stick in Movie Star: this shade is my go-to for everyday! You can build it up, but I usually put Chapstick on first then the gloss stick on top for that touch-of-red color. It leans pink.

ELF Matte Lip Color in Rich Red: this shade is one I picked up to wear for my sorority formal last year. It has a pink undertone.

My Red Lipstick Collection

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 111 Kiss of Life: This is a more orangey-toned lipstick and one of the first red lips that I purchased! It’s a very true red.

Covergirl Lipslicks Smoochies in 220 #textme: This is one I’ve had for way too long (and is definitely past the date of when you’re supposed to throw them away…) but I can’t seem to let it go. It’s more of a berry color but it’s sheer.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Ribbon: This is part of the Hello Kitty x Colourpop collection. I have the mini collection, Puroland. I wore it yesterday for the KU vs. Baylor game and screamed the entire game, and it didn’t budge the entire time. It’s a blue-toned red and definitely made my teeth seem whiter, which is a huge plus.

My Red Lipstick Collection

Burt’s Bees Lipstick in 520 Scarlet Soaked: This lipstick leans more orange/brick red, but I really like the formula so I wear it anyway. It’s not super long-wearing when you’re eating, drinking, etc, but it’s so hydrating.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Exclusive Reds in Blake’s Red: This is my favorite shade as a blue-toned red. I picked it specifically because Blake Lively and I share the same coloring and this works perfectly on me. I need to wear it more!

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard: This is way darker than my normal red color. I bought it after reading an interview in which Joy Bryant said it was her perfect natural lip and I wanted a red shade like that…but her skin tone is way darker than mine so I don’t know what I was thinking!

What’s your favorite red lipstick?

xo, Hannah

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Rep Your Skyline with Uscape Apparel

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite new shirts in my closet from Uscape Apparel. If you’re a college student, you know that most of your wardrobe that you actually wear to class most likely consists of t-shirts and leggings—I know mine does! Uscape Apparel creates shirts that have iconic campus skylines on the back of the shirt. Even better, they’re sold in over 150 college bookstores across the country, so you can pick one up today!

Rep Your Skyline with Uscape Apparel

The shirt style I received is a relaxed-fit unisex style that looks great on everyone. It’s 100% cotton, so they’re super soft. The shirt for the University of Kansas has a Jayhawk on the front, our mascot.

Rep Your Skyline with Uscape Apparel

On the back, it has this awesome skyline that is so true to KU’s campus. Fraser Hall, the Campanile…this shirt is perfect for students and alumni alike. Uscape Apparel sells these in several different styles as well (hoodies, short sleeve, baseball tees, etc) that would suit everyone’s style. Even better—some of the shirt styles are Comfort Colors. I personally have my eyes on the quarter zip!

Rep Your Skyline with Uscape Apparel

You can go to Uscape Apparel‘s website to find out more about their products and all the schools that they’re licensed for.

Does your school sell Uscape Apparel?

xo, Hannah

Thanks so much to Uscape Apparel for sending me the shirt for this post! 

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10-Minute College Makeup Routine | VIDEO

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing my 10-minute college makeup routine. I do this every day, give or take the eyeliner/eyeshadow, and filming this took me exactly 10 minutes and 15 seconds! It’s seriously so easy and definitely cheap as well if you’re on a budget. I’m by no means a makeup expert, but I’ve perfected this routine over the last year (even when I wake up late).

I start off with the Maybelline BB Cream for an even base. It’s just a tinted moisturizer that I use year-round. I apply it with a Real Techniques powder brush I’ve had for forever-it’s probably not what I should be using but it works for me! Then I use my Maybelline Better Skin Concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes and blend it out with my fingers.

Next, I’ll fill in my brows with the Maybelline Brow Drama pomade crayon. I got this in a Voxbox from Influenster last year and found it’s the perfect shade for my blonde hair. Then I’ll just brush them out with the Maybelline Great Lash clear mascara.

For my eyes, I start with my ELF eyelid primer if I’m using eyeshadow or eyeliner on my top lid. I always use the Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner in nude to line my waterline (this is especially helpful to make your eyes look awake for that 8:30am class). Then I use my basic Maybelline eyelash curler like normal.

Before finishing my eyes (I’m just now realizing my routine is super out of order), I put on blush and bronzer. For blush, I love the Milani baked blush in Luminoso. For bronzer, I use Rimmel bronzer in 021 Sunlight. I’ll finish with a highlight (something new to my routine since freshman year of high school!) with this Maybelline strobing stick in the shade Iridescent.

Next, because I’m lazy, I use my bronzer as my eyeshadow all over my lid because I like the orangey shade with my blue eyes. I use the highlighter in the inner corners of my eyes and on my browbone too. I use these super cheap ELF brushes. Occasionally I’ll add the Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner in Rich Brown. Told you I’m not a makeup expert…

I finish it off with my Maybelline the Rocket mascara that I literally never leave the house without- I wish I could permanently tint my lashes! Lately I’ve been using Glossier Balm Dotcom in Cherry as my final step for some chapstick and color.

I’d love if you subscribed to my channel, I’m working on growing it more this year!

Thanks for reading,

xo Hannah

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Blanket Scarf + Lavalier Bracelet

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite gifts I received this year: a blanket scarf! I’ve been wanting one of these for a while (mainly because they looked incredibly warm, not gonna lie) and the one I got is in one of my favorite patterns. I paired this scarf with a white button down, a red lip (perfect for the holiday season), and dark-wash jeans.

Blanket Scarf + Lavalier Bracelet

Blanket Scarf + Lavalier Bracelet

I’m also collaborating with Sorority Things to show you all this beautiful lavalier bracelet! If you’re looking for some extra last-minute gifts (or gifts to bring back to school post-break) then this website is perfect for any sorority girls you know. This bracelet is one of their newest creations and is a simple but classy way to show off your sorority.

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Blanket Scarf + Lavalier Bracelet

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scarf // shirt // jeans // lipstick (in Ruby Ripple)

Linda from Sorority Things gave me this 35% discount code: THANKS. You can use this at checkout and you can also get free shipping for all orders over $25! This code lasts until January 10th, so be sure to order soon. The bracelets come in several different sizes and the toggle makes it so easy to put on by yourself..does anyone else struggle with that?

Be sure to go check out their website!

What was your favorite gift you received this holiday?

xo, Hannah

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ELF Voxbox Review

I recently received the E.L.F. Voxbox courtesy of Influenster. I’m always interested in trying out new products and testing what works best for me, so Influenster’s program is awesome! They send you free products to review, sometimes in sample sizes and sometimes in full sizes. You can sign up with my referral link here. 

E.L.F. (eyes lips face) is a brand that I’ve been using for a few years now, once I started trying to test makeup but wanted to start out with the less expensive products. As far as drugstore products go, these are definitely on the less pricey end. The Voxbox included the Lip Exfoliator in Mint Maniac, the Matte Lip Color in Wine, the Mineral Infused Face Primer in Clear, the Baked Highlighter & Bronzer, and the Hydrating Bubble Mask. These are all full-sized products.

The lip exfoliator is a popular product that I’ve seen around some blogs, but I haven’t seen the mint flavor before. The packaging is really handy because it’s just in a lipstick bullet, so it doesn’t get everywhere. It reminds me of a sugar scrub more than anything and I love how easy it is to just swipe on in your normal skincare routine.

ELF’s lipsticks have always been one of my favorites and the matte lip color is no different! I’m not into dark, vampy colors and I thought this would be too dark, but it ended up being a really pretty shade that still looks more natural than anything. The wine color is more of a berry shade that leans more red than pink. I wish this shade was in lipstick form, because I don’t like having to fill in my lips like a crayon–but that’s just my personal preference.

The face primer is a product that’s fairly new to me. I don’t typically like to use face primers because I don’t like the silicone feeling on my face and this one was no different. However, I did find that my concealer and other face products stayed on my face longer than usual, so it does the job.

The baked highlighter and bronzer was my least favorite of the products. There was little to no pigmentation, and if there was, it was just straight-up glitter. I haven’t tried any of ELF’s bronzers before, but I did pick up their Illuminating Palette recently to try out highlighting and I like it so far. I’ve actually found that these work really well as eyeshadows too!

mask

 

The hydrating bubble mask is totally new to me! I hadn’t heard of carbonated masks before receiving this product. I don’t have dry skin so I can’t say I’ve seen a difference in that, but it’s fun as a novelty kind of product. My skin feels less oily and tighter (not uncomfortably tight) after using the mask. It bubbles up after about five to ten minutes, then you can work it into a lather with a little water. It rinses off really easily.

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

xo, Hannah

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Steal Her Style: Silk Scarf

After ‘redesigning’ the aesthetic of my Pinterest (I’m not ashamed, go check it out), I’ve become a lot more aware of my personal style. It’s classic, it’s preppy, and a little bit trendy too. When I found this photo (source unknown), I instantly fell in love. I’ve been wanting to try the silk scarf trend for a while now, but I haven’t found the perfect way to wear one. Looks like my inspiration is just below.

Steal Her Style

tee // scarf // miniskirt // tights

If you’re looking for more silk scarves, I’ve gathered up my favorites below:

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Givenchy Vintage Linen ($20)

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Geometric 1960s Scarf

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Preppy Square Scarf 

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1960s Echo Silk Scarf

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Nautical Vintage Scarf

What’s your favorite version of the silk scarf trend?

xo, Hannah

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Back to the 90s

I’ll be honest, I was never really a true ’90s kid, given that I was born in 1997 and I’m the oldest sibling. I wasn’t high on fashion, either: I don’t think I owned a lot of Justice or Miss Me jeans. When the choker trend came back around, I kind of rolled my eyes and let it go, thinking it didn’t fit my style. But after going to Kansas City last weekend with friends to see Ben Rector in concert (highly recommend), I was swayed.

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I tried the choker on in the store, already having had the gold necklace on, and was surprised at how good it actually looked! It definitely took some getting used to something so tight and close to my neck, but it didn’t feel weird by the end of the night. My friend told me that my look went from preppy to edgy just with this one statement piece…hey, I’ll take it!

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You can’t see in this picture, but I’ve definitely hopped on the Adidas Superstar trend..I’ve been wearing the white leather sneakers almost every day since wearing them. They’re so much more comfortable than Converse.

Along with the choker, the second 90s trend I hopped back on was the button-front skirt. This red corduroy version is perfect for gamedays (honestly, if I didn’t religiously wear my jersey every Saturday, this would be my go-to gameday outfit.

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choker (similar) // similar necklace // earrings  (similar) // shirt // skirt // shoes (similar)

photos by Jordan Cronan

What 90s trend have you been loving again?

xo, Hannah

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Brand Feature: Laurel Denise

Hi everyone! I’ve been slacking on the blog lately and I really don’t have any excuses, just trying to keeping up with homework and my new major! I plan on doing a Thursday update soon, but you can watch my sorority’s official bid day video to hold you over until then. (Catch me on the left at 1:19.) It was really cool being on the other side of things for recruitment and being able to welcome the new members to our house.

Today I’m featuring a brand I’ve been loving lately. When I went to Waco, TX, in May, I obviously had to visit the Fixer Upper/Magnolia Silos with my family. My parents watch the show more than I do, so there was no convincing needed! The Magnolia shop has a ton of very cute things, and if I had an apartment and way more money than I do right now, it would be my go-to place for decorating. However, I wanted a little souvenir from the silos and found this bracelet.

Laurel Denise makes these gorgeous leather patina bracelets and other jewelry as well. The one I have right now says ‘grateful,’ but I would love to get the one that says ‘choose joy’ as well! Along with selling her beautiful jewelry online, she is also selling these three exclusive bracelets on Magnolia’s website that say ‘radiant,’ ‘create,’ and ‘bloom.’ She engraves each piece in her handwriting to make a gorgeous, unique piece of jewelry.

Here are some of my favorite pieces that she creates (and she does custom pieces too–bonus!).

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Be You necklace

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Choose Joy bracelet

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Courageous Heart cuff

What bracelet would you choose?

xo, Hannah

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