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Style Her Style: Meghan Markle's Midi Dress

Hi friends!

I'm back with a long overdue Steal Her Style post. If you've been following the blog for a while, you'll know that I'm absolutely obsessed with Meghan Markle. She's got that impeccable model off duty style that I'm not sure I'll ever be able to master, but I'll always try.

Recently, Meghan stepped out in this olive green midi dress that I could absolutely see myself wearing all fall long. But of course when I looked up the dress she was wearing, it was a whopping $585. Yeah, that's not in the budget. So I rounded up a couple of affordable options to get the dutchess' look.
Dress Dupes

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Sunglasses Dupes
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I've linked three separate options all under 100 dollars, including a more casual option.  I know some can be hesitant to opt for a midi dress, but the silhouette is super trendy right now and can be a great way to show off a cool pair of sneakers. And if you're looking for an alternative to her $300 Givenchy sunglasses, I've linked some more affordable dupes those as well. 

Hopefully, this post helps you in your pursuit of royal style on a budget!

Until Next Time,

My Favorite Broke Girl Basics

If you follow me on Instagram, you know today or a few days ago depending on when you're reading this I posted about the struggle generate new content when my college girl budget doesn't quite allow me to shop all the time. So I thought I'd share some affordable staples in my closet.

1. Tee Shirt Dresses
In case you didn't know, it's H-O-T in Texas. So I live in t-shirt dresses for probably 80% of the year. Easy pieces that can be dressed up and worn season to season are my absolute favorite and tee-shirt dresses are the epitome of that. My favorite is this one from Everlane, that just got released in four new colors. It's under 40 dollars, and an absolute staple in my wardrobe as you can see from how often it appears on my Instagram. I'll absolutely be picking up the white and navy versions.

2. Denim

One of the biggest myths I've heard while blogging is that good denim has to cost a fortune. I've found that couldn't be further from the truth. My two favorite pairs of jeans are under $100 and have served me so well. First is the cheeky straight leg from Everlane, these retail for $78 but are worth every penny. I wear them at least once a week and they still look absolutely brand new.

The other pair is this pair of white skinny jeans from Gap. I'd be searching high and low for a new pair of white jeans for quite some time when I came across these. The Gap was having an amazing after Christmas sale, and I snagged these for only $12. I know what you're thinking, and I did buy two. They're currently marked down for $35, which is still an amazing price as well.

For things like denim skirts, I often turn to the Madewell sale section. They offer a student discount on top of their sale prices when you shop in-store, and it's been my saving grace when it comes to shopping from Madewell. They're currently running a sale on sale, and if I were you I'd check out this skirt, and this skirt.

3. Good Shoes

If there's one thing I spend way too much money on, it's shoes. But just because I like to buy shoes, doesn't mean I like to spend a fortune on them. When I'm looking for fun shoes, I usually turn to places like Nasty Gal and Target. Not only are they always having sales, but their shoes have always been great quality. 

So here are my top three broke girl basics, and some pretty great places to shop them. If you're looking to shop anything I'm wearing on my Instagram, you can almost always find them on my Likeittoknowit page! You can either click this link or just search Almost It Girl on the app. 

I'd love to see your broke girl basics, so feel free to comment them below!

Until Next Time,

Top Tips for Nail Care

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is how I get my natural nails so long. It's always sort of funny to me because I never really thought of myself as having a nail care routine. But when someone asked me about my nails again last night, I really started to think about it. How have I gotten my nails this long?

I think I've finally got it narrowed down to about three things. So here they are!

1. Dip Manicures 

In all honesty, getting dip manis has changed the game for my nails. Essentially instead of gel polish, the nail tech will use a colored powder to coat your nails. It's been essential in helping my nails stay strong, and grow longer. My nails in the picture above were done with dip. If done well it ends up looking just like nail polish. Mine usually last about 3-4 weeks, and I honestly couldn't recommend them more.

2. Collagen 

The second thing I do fairly religiously is adding powdered collagen powder to all of my hot drinks. Essentially what collagen does is work to strengthen your hair, skin, and nails. It's virtually tasteless, and I've definitely noticed a difference in the texture of my nails. They're not nearly as brittle as I feel like they were before and break a lot less often.  Here's the one I use, but I know there are also a ton of great alternatives on the market as well.

3. Get your nails trimmed

This is a pretty similar idea to getting your hair trimmed to make it grow. Basically, every other time I get my nails done I ask my nail tech to use a nail strengthener on the base of my nails then to trip a little off the top. It's usually the top of my nails that start to get straggly or hangnails, so clipping the tops helps prevent further breakage. 

And that's it! Though I recognize my nails are partly just genetics, I hope these few tips are helpful for growing your nails!

Until Next Time,