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Nine West + InStyle Fall 2014 Collection

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I was so honored to be invited by Nine West and InStyle to celebrate with them the launch of their fall collection. I had a great time browsing their latest choices with my friend, and the staff were so helpful! The Tessa Pointed Toe Pumps look so sophisticated and classy with their deceptively simple cut. And, have you seen how adorable the Ella Open Toe Sandals are? I tried on a number of different shoes, but I especially loved the Cate Pointed Toe Pumps and the Jaiden Pointed Toe Booties. The suede they chose for these shoes feels so soft and high-quality.

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They even spoiled us with delicious cupcakes adorned with a touch of glam!

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I really did try to resist the temptation of buying anything, but I couldn’t help falling in love with these booties each time I looked in the mirror! I can’t believe I even thought I could attend such a great launch and NOT buy anything!

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I decided to treat myself for working hard in school over the last year and splurged on the gorgeous Jaiden Booties! I always think a girl can never have too many black shoes! I really enjoy the unique way these booties are laced up in the front, and the zipper in the back makes them so easy to get on and off. The cut-outs make this bootie perfect for both warm and cool weather! I’m so glad they have a pointy toe because that will really help elongate my legs and make them look even sexier. I can’t wait to style them and share my outfits with you. When I look at them, I see “Rocker Chic.” They will be the perfect finishing touch for spicing up a date night outfit or for adding a sexy edge to a casual look. I have a feeling they will be in quite a few outfits this fall!

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We finished off our lovely evening with a mini-photoshoot.  Of course, I had to pick a slightly silly position for my picture!

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There are so many great shoes for fall in this collection, and you definitely need to check them out! I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend, and Happy Shopping!

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How I Prolong The Wear Of My Affordable Clothes and Jewelry

Prolong Affordable Clothes and Jewelry

I love finding affordable pieces to incorporate into my outfits, especially for the more trendy items of the season. One of the main concerns people commonly have about inexpensive clothes and jewelry is quality. Although the quality of bargain pieces might not be as good as that of designer products, there are definitely ways to help them last longer.

I have clothes from Forever 21, H&M, and Charlotte Russe that I’ve had for years, and I still wear them frequently. They have held up so well over the years, and although they don’t look brand new, they still look great.

I mainly focus on how I launder my clothes when I want to maintain their appearance and to increase their wear.

  1. If I am using a washing machine, I prefer the cold water setting to maintain color vibrancy and to help them keep their shape.
  2. I also hang my clothes to dry on laundry racks to prevent the shrinking and pilling that can occur when clothes are dried in a dryer.
  3. For delicate pieces, such as those with beads, sequins, or extra straps that can easily get destroyed in the washing machine, I hand wash them in cold water.

I realize that hand washing clothes can be a bit of a chore, but it really makes such a difference in how long you can continue wearing that item.  I still have a number of shirts in my closet that I cannot wear anymore because they have been ruined by the washing machine, for instance the beading has fallen off or the design was prone to getting caught and torn.

I also consider the style and the material when I decide between hanging my clothes in the closet and keeping them in a dresser. For clothes that wrinkle easily or have a cut that can get ruined by folding, I prefer to hang them in my closet. I usually keep my casual shirts and bottoms that are made with cotton or similar materials in my dresser.

Most of my favorite jewelry pieces are from budget-friendly places. I remember how upset I used to get when my favorite ring or necklace would turn black or make my skin green. Now, I am pretty vigilant about taking care of my jewelry to prevent those situations from happening again.

  1. I rub down all of my pieces, including earrings, after wear with a soft jewelry polishing cloth to remove any sweat or debris.
  2. I also remove all of my rings prior to washing my hands and all of my jewelry before showering.
  3. I store my bracelets and rings in a jewelry box with silica gel packets to decrease moisture.

I hope you find some of my tips and tricks helpful and that they work for you too! I would love to know if you liked these ideas, so leave a comment down below. I would also love to hear about your own tricks for maintaining your affordable pieces!

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Glad To Be Back

Excited To Be Back!

Excited To Be Back!

I’m so sorry I disappeared for a while! I had quite a bit to deal with in school and wasn’t able to keep up with my blog. Unfortunately, it looks like I’ve lost all of my old posts. I’m still working on trying to get them back.

I’ve made some changes to my blog design, and I’m excited to start all over with my lovely readers on this new adventure! I’ve missed you all, and I can’t wait to start putting up posts again. I have some great ideas in mind that I’m looking forward to sharing with you. I still plan on sharing my outfits, talking about fashion, and playing with beauty and hair on Tender Allure. I’ll be posting 2-3 times per week, more if I have time.

Thank you so much for all of your support and dedication to my blog. I hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you!

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