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,

The Straw Bag Edit

If there's one trend I'm never letting die, it's the straw accessories trend.  I vividly remember being about eight or nine and my aunt gifting me a handmade straw bag she picked up on a trip to Mexico. Y'all I cherished that thing. I wore it with everything, even outfits that didn't quite warrant it.

So I guess you could say this trend has been near and dear to my heart for quite some time now.  Nevertheless, I've been thrilled to see it come back around these last few summers. I recently picked up a newer version for myself. The bag in the photos above is from H&M, so it was not only trendy but very affordable. I love turning to stores like H&M to dip my toe into trends I'm not quite sure about. Though I think I might've jumped head first into this one.

Now that I've started up my collection, there are a few I've got my eye on. This gorgeous one from Madewell that boasts a pretty unique design. I'm also pretty in love with this navy number from Draper James as well. So we'll see how long it takes until I break and pick those up as well. Both of these bags, as well as eight other bags I have my eye on are linked below.

Hopefully, you find one that peaks your fancy!

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Until Next Time,

Midi Madness

If you've been following the blog for a while, then you'll know I love skirts. I'm definitely one of those people who wouldn't wear pants if I didn't absolutely have to. Luckily for me, midi skirts have been all the rage lately and let's just say I'm obsessed. Even though I love a good mini skirt as much as the next girl, there's something so incredibly feminine about a midi skirt.

To hope in on the trend I picked this fun floral skirt from H&M, and couldn't wait to style it.  I've linked my skirt down below, it's number one, and linked a couple of other similar styles below. As always I've got a variety of price points links so no matter what your budget is, you can still get in on the trend.

I'd love to hear what spring trends y'all are really excited about, and can't wait to try.

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Until Next Time,

Best Bright Finds

Lately, I have been loving wearing bright colors.  There's something about the weather heating up that makes me want to say so long to my neutrals.

Since rainbow items are usually pretty trendy, I try to opt for pieces under 50 dollars. Because let's be honest, how many times can you really wear a rainbow top? Nevertheless, fun, affordable items are pretty easy to find. So I've rounded up my current favorites. Some of them I own, and some of them I just might add to cart.

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If you've looked into these pieces and you're a little afraid to go bold, I'd suggest selecting just one piece and pairing it with an otherwise neutral outfit. Perhaps throwing up these fun earrings with a white top and jeans, or wearing the rainbow sweater with a black t-shirt dress. 

Hopefully, you've found an item or two you liked and found these tips helpful. 

Until Next Time,

A Key West Recap

Hi friends!

If you’re tuned into my Instagram, you’ll see that I spent the majority of last week in Key West, Florida. It was an absolute dream vacation, and I thought I’d just take you behind the scenes of that trip. 

When my parents and I landed in Key West, early Friday morning we headed straight to the resort. The Southernmost Hotel & Resort, which was absolutely huge and took up several blocks of the street it was on. It's home to a couple of in house restaurants, and many poolside bars (if that's your jam.) It was host to a fun mix of guests from families to young couples to even a wedding or two. I'd say it was probably the biggest resort on the island.

But that’s also because Key West is such a small island. The whole thing is only 4 miles in diameter. Which to a girl from Texas is absolutely insane. I think my neighborhood at home is longer than 4 miles. But on the plus side, it made getting from place to place super easy, and we only had to take a handful of Ubers. 

Though it might be small, the views in Key West are paramount. Key West is soaked in color. Everywhere you look there were bright buildings, flowers, and landscapes. Though this is going to sound so millennial, it truly is an instagrammer’s paradise. 

But beyond the view, the food was incredible. If you’re a fan of seafood of any kind then you will ALWAYS find a meal in Key West. I without a doubt had some of the best shrimp, scallops, and lobster of my life on this trip. 

Then on top of the views and the food, the people were so kind. I'm a firm believer that people are truly what makes a place special, and I can not say that enough about the Floridians we met. Everyone was always incredibly eager to lend a hand with directions, suggest places to eat or snap a quick picture. 

And since it's not truly a vacation roundup without some recommendations, here are my suggestions for where to stay, what to eat and what to do in Key West!

Where to stay:

What to eat:

What to do: 
Hang out on the beach

And that's it! Hopefully, you enjoyed my take on Key West and it was helpful if you're planning to head there soon! I absolutely could not recommend the city more.

Until next time,

A Gal's Guide to Hats

Longtime no see on the blog, but between a couple of trips, projects and such I have been a busy bee. Look for a recap of these trips coming up soon. But before then I wanted to share my favorite spring/summer accessory. Or if we're being honest my favorite any season accessory.

If you've been following me on Instagram, which shameless plug you totally should,  then you'll notice there's been a common theme. I've been wearing a ton of wide-brimmed hats. From straw hats to felt and suede ones they seem to be my accessory of choice lately. 

So I thought I'd share some of my favorite hats and little outfit inspiration to get you on the hat train as well. 

How do I wear hats?
The most common thing I hear when people mention my hats is along the lines of, "I love it, but I can't pull it off." Hats, especially wide brimmed ones are a bit daunting to wear the first time because they draw a lot of attention to your outfit, and to you. But that's okay! Chances are your hat will only be elevating an already darling outfit. But if you're still struggling with exactly how to pair it, try these sticking to these few simple rules.

1. Know your material, know your season.
Felt & Suede hats are designed to for fall and winter so they provide a bit of extra warmth. Opt for these when it's colder out. Straw hats work best for spring and summer, so try to only reach of them when it's warmer out. 

2. Find a hat that fits your head well.
You can do this by getting an exact measurement of the circumference of your head to use when ordering hats online. There's nothing worse than getting a headache from a cute hat that's way too tight. 

3. They're a trial and error endeavor. 
Finding the right hat is kind of like finding the right pair of jeans to me. You'll probably try on 20, but only leave the store with one or two. If the first few hats you try don't work for you then keep trying. There's one out there for you!

Now armed with those tips, here are some of my favorite places to find wide-brimmed hats.

What should I wear with hats?
Honestly, the options are endless. I wear hats with jeans, shorts, dresses you name it and there's absolutely a hat that looks great with it. Because it's been so warm in Texas lately, and I've been on vacation for spring break I've opted for lots of linens, light jeans and dresses lately. Since I've been wearing this hat from ASOS on repeat lately, it's been pretty easy to find different ways to wear it.  

Though that hat is currently out of stock, all of the places I've listed have similar ones available if this is the look you're going for. 

But my main advice is to just go for it! Chances are your hat will look great regardless of what you choose to wear it with. 

So good luck, and happy hatting!

Until Next Time,

Prettiest Pink Pieces & Reclaiming Your Feminine Side

This year, I've definitely got a bit more adventurous with my wardrobe. Particularly in the realm of color.  I'd never thought I'd say this, but I've been wearing so much pink. From pink workout clothes to pink jeans I've found myself really gravitating toward all things girly this year and its been so much fun. 

I think we often have the misconception that wearing lots of pinks, or girly things makes you look juvenile or makes people take you less seriously, but in all honesty, I think that couldn't be further from the truth. There's not a single thing wrong with wearing your femininity like a badge of honor, and it never negates your capabilities.

So in celebration of that, I thought I'd share with y'all some of my favorite pink pieces I either own or have my eye on.

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Hope y'all enjoyed my little pink roundup. 

Until next time,

P.S: My pants might be link number 4. ;)

How I Stay In Shape In College

Let me start this post with a massive disclaimer. I am in no way citing what I do as the end all be all because I am not the world's most fit person, and still have so much further to go on my "fitness journey." Alright, that said on to the post.

Like many people, I have a weird relationship with working out. Some weeks I feel incredibly motivated and want to work out all the time. Then there are weeks I can barely drag my butt out of bed to go to class. Both of these things are okay.

What I Do

I've learned that for me the best way to combat this feeling is to make sure whatever workout I'm doing holds me accountable to some degree. If I'm not going to work out with a friend, I'm headed to a class.

Because I often get a little bit bored going to the same class over and over, I decided to ask for a ClassPass membership for Christmas. So thanks to my wonderful aunt, I've been using ClassPass for about a month now. And let me tell y'all, I love it. It's so much fun to have this incredible versatility in my workout each week. If I want to do something tough, I can head to a pilates class or if I've had a hard week and need a more relaxing workout I can opt for a soothing yoga class.

There's a couple of different levels of membership options so that you can find one that works with your budget or schedule. I'm currently using the mid-tier one.

What I Wear

Honestly, one of the most fun parts about working out for me is getting dressed to go. I've finally gotten comfortable wearing a crop top to the gym so it's been pretty fun finding cute ones to style. I've especially fallen in love with this striped one from VS Pink. It's long enough that I can pair it with high-waisted leggings and not feel like I'm wearing too much skin. When I'm not wearing a crop top, I'll usually opt for something like what I'm wearing above. Close fitting and a bit longer. Like this long-sleeve pullover from pink or a long tank with pretty great coverage. I've been opting for barre classes pretty frequently, and it helps to have a top that covers the booty. 

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Hopefully, this post was helpful in sharing how I've been trying to keep fit with my busy college schedule. It's been tough, but definitely well worth it.

Until Next Time,

disclaimer: I was gifted these products from VS Pink.

Dealing With Rejection

When I started Almost It Girl, I promised myself I'd do my best I'd keep this blog as real as possible. As much as I love curating my fashion and beauty-related finds for y'all I also want to serve as a beacon of authenticity because let's be honest I don't always have it all together.

Lately, I've been dealing with a lot of rejection. When the school year started, I applied for quite a few opportunities that I was so excited about, but at the moment it doesn't seem like any of those are panning out. And if we're being honest y'all it really sucks.

As someone who prides themselves on trying to be the best version of their self all the time, it sucks to feel like you aren't good enough, to feel like you're not doing enough. It's exhausting when you feel like you're not sure what else you could've given.

For example, there's a summer internship opportunity that I apply for every year, and though I feel like my resume gets better every year I still get the same rejection email.

Add that on top of several other rejections I've gotten the past couple of weeks, and I'm feeling a lot like wanting to quit. But here's the major caveat, I've been getting back up.

Now I can't take credit for this nugget of wisdom because it's something my mom told me when I was going through a minor crisis a couple of semesters ago. She told me...

You can get knocked down 12 times, but all that matters is that you get up 13.

It's been pretty life-changing for me honestly, because she's completely right. Honestly rejection is inevitable, but knowing your worth beyond every point on your resume or every achievement you've made is incredibly freeing.

Hopefully sharing this little nugget of wisdom from my mama helps you if you're dealing with a tough time in your life, or dealing with rejection yourself.

You're amazing, and you've got this.

Until Next Time,

Spring Beauty Favorites

About a year ago, I did a post about my favorite beauty products. Well, a lot has changed since then, not only have I turned twenty, which in my head makes me a "little more adult", but I've also started living on my own. So here's what's new on my must-haves list.

1. A Good Fragrance
Personally, I never feel like a good outfit is complete unless I add a few dabs of my favorite fragrance. The scent I wear changes almost daily as I tend to reserve certain scents for "certain moods." For Christmas I received, Chanel No. 5 so when I'm feeling in need of a burst of confidence or am going somewhere special I'll opt for that. Ideally, it'd be my everyday fragrance, but as a college girl who's #ballingonabudget, we're not there yet. I've linked three perfumes at a variety of price points if you're looking for a new scent!

2. An Everyday Lip Color

Okay, this one isn't necessarily new. I've always sworn by lip balms and lipsticks, but recently I've kicked it up a notch. Lately, I've been wearing red lipstick a ton, and not just for special occasions. I'm not sure why I perpetuated the myth that you couldn't wear a red lip casually, but I've definitely stopped subscribing to that idea. It does take a little confidence, but I'm a big fan of throwing on a red lip with a t-shirt and jeans combo. Something about it really elevates the looks and makes me feel a little bit more sophisticated. Here are some of my current favorite red shades.

3. Brow Gel

Though this one is pictured above, I swear by a good brow gel. As someone with naturally sparse eyebrows, it's the one thing I almost never leave the house without. I've used a couple different ones in the past year or so, and personally, I think they all work about the same, so it isn't something I ever plan on spending a ton of money on. But I've linked a couple I really like below!

And there you have it, my top three beauty favorites for spring. Hopefully, you liked this new format I'm trying where I give categories instead of one specific product! As always I'd love any feedback below. 

Until Next Time,

Steal Her Style, Meghan Markle

For my friends and family, it's no secret how obsessed I am with Meghan Markle. I'm a sucker for the girl meets boy and becomes a princess story, and her style is impeccable. So much so that I often cite her as one of my biggest style inspirations.

But since I do not have a royal stylist, and am #ballingonabudget(because you know, college ) I'm showing you how to get some royal looks on a commoner budget.

Look Number One: So Meghan wore this outfit on her recent Australian tour with Harry. Blazers are super trendy right now, and this look would be perfect to recreate for a dressier brunch or a day at your internship. And the icing on the cake? It's super simple to achieve. I've linked three super affordable dupes for each item below!


White Button Down:

Black Jeans

Black Suede Booties

New Year, New Me

Well, not quite. 2018 was one of the most trying, invigorating, and absolutely wonderful years of my life. But I'm so excited for all of the things in store. I've got some really amazing ideas for content, I'm in the beginning stages of planning some amazing trips and have even got a couple of New Years' Resolutions.