*Let’s face it—deep down, we would all love to live the life of Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
The glamorous marriage of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith seems like a fairytale union to many, and the exotic high-fashion lifestyle that Rhianna lives is something to daydream about when you’re working your nine-to-five.
But for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to be multi-millionaires, how can we get a piece of the glam life without going broke?
All styles come and go, and come back again—today more than ever. It seems that every five or 10 years trends come back into style. From the iconic fade hairstyle that made its debut in the 1980s-hip-hop era is experiencing a definite comeback, to the classic Chuck Taylor All-Stars, which have made several reappearances since their creation almost a century ago.
How long has it been since you’ve cleaned out your closet? It is not uncommon for people to push old clothes into the back of the closet to make room for the new, leaving a gold mine of hidden gems that haven’t seen the light of day in years. With a little effort and some creative inspiration, some of those forgotten clothes and accessories can become the start of the next big trend.
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So what if you aren’t lucky enough to have an outfit hiding away in a corner that looks almost identical to something you recently watched walk down the runway? The answer may seem so simple you’ll be amazed that you didn’t think of it on your own—patience and exploration. Find the hole-in-the-wall boutiques and watch the trendy shops for blow-out sales. Trendy stores like H&M are always running sales and online shops like DrJays have a ton of trend-setting selections at affordable prices. Don’t be afraid to hit the discount and exchange shops. You’ll be amazed at the hidden gems you find with a little patience and persistence.
Sometimes it comes down to squeezing every penny. If your current bankroll devoted to glam and style is coming up short, check your budget for ways to find extra cash. Are you paying for things you really don’t need? Many people are dropping monthly payments for services that sounded like a good idea at the time but are often unnecessary—cellphone insurance being a prime example.
Keep your style on lock and avoid mishaps with a protection plan exclusively for your phone. Your phone is what keeps you connected, and you should do your best to keep it covered if the unthinkable happens—theft, water damage, or a broken screen. Protect Your Bubble offers a service called Closecall, which gives savvy fashionistas like you a great alternative. Only pay for the protection when, and if you need it, plus, should the worst happen you can get your replacement phone almost immediately.
Take advantage of deal sites like Groupon where you can get amazing deals on everything from dinners, clubs and shows to impress your clique. Skip the cabs and call a rideshare service like Uber—it’s like having your own personal driver on command, anytime you want! Select which type of car you want to take your ride in, including luxury vehicle options when you choose to ride Uber Lux. It only takes one tap to ride, and the transaction is cashless—you can pay from your smartphone.
Remember, style is all about confidence. Clothes, makeup, hairstyles, these things can only add to the effect—the icing on the cake. Create your own style and wear it loud and proud, and you’ll be the talk of the town in no time, if you aren’t already!